Inquest Into Death Of West Wales Rugby Player

A talented young rugby player killed himself when an injury ended his promising career, an inquest heard today.

21 year old Maximas Easey,  dreamed of being a star after being a junior player with  Ospreys.


But flanker Max - known by his nickname of Gladiator - had been forced to give up the sport he loved after injuring his leg.


An inquest heard he became depressed after quitting rugby and had been prescribed anti-depressants by his GP.


Max, of Hendy, near Llanelli, disappeared from home on February 12 and he was found dead later that night.


Carmarthenshire Coroner Mark Layton recorded a conclusion Max had committed suicide.


Mr Layton told Max's family: "I hope the barriers around mental health will continue to fall."


Speaking after the inquest his father Nick Easey he had no idea his son was being treated for depression.


He said: "The last three months have been a living nightmare.


"It was a normal Monday evening and we replay the moment of the 12th of February over and over again in our brains.


"It's going to live with us for the rest of our lives."


Mr Easey called for GPs to be able to alert family members if they have a loved one being treated for depression.


He said: "This isn't something that can be changed on a whim.


"I don't know the answer as to how it will work, but if the assembly government can look into a way to create a workaround that will enable GPs to signpost and highlight mental illness to next-of-kin and family members, then it's a step forward."


At the time of his death, professional team the Ospreys said: "Everybody at the Ospreys has been saddened by today's tragic news of the passing of former age-grade player Max Easey.


"Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends at this difficult time."


Max later played for his local side Hendy RFC and club vice-chairwoman, Heidi Williams said: "Maximas was loved in the village and played for Hendy, but had been injured for the last year. It's a huge shock to us all because he was such a talent and an excellent player."


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