Royal Academy ex-student kills himself after benefits cut

Aaron Lane, a promising musician from Newark, Notts, was admitted to the Royal Academy of Music seven years ago, when he was 24. But a history of mental illness took its toll. He became homeless, returned to Newark, was sectioned under the Mental Health Act and lived on social benefits.

He was being treated for psychosis when the Department for Work and Pensions declared him fit to work. Soon after, Aaron was found dead in his flat. He was 31. An inquest will be held in December.

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