BIPOLAR MEDS: Suicide of Aristocrat: England

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He said:  ‘He was a very lovely chap, but had a problem with bipolar disorder. He had hit a low and decided it was enough.”

“‘He’d been ok for years, but recently he’d had a turn for the worse. I think something may have gone wrong with his medication and he decided life wasn’t worth living’.”

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Tower block death victim identified as aristocrat

editorial@hamhigh.co.uk
06 August 2009

Milo Douglas
Sanchez Manning

AN ARISTOCRAT whose son leapt to his death from a Paddington tower block has described the depression he suffered from as “a black hole of misery”.

Milo Douglas
Lord Milo Douglas, 34, is believed to have thrown himself off the nine-storey Reading House on the Hallfield council estate last month.

Speaking at the family home in Maida Hill, his father David, the 12th Marquess of Queensberry, told of his son’s ongoing struggle with bipolar disorder – also known as manic depression.

He said: “He was a very lovely chap, but had a problem with bipolar disorder. He had hit a low and decided it was enough.

“He’d been ok for years, but recently he’d had a turn for the worse. I think something may have gone wrong with his medication and he decided life wasn’t worth living.”

The 79-year-old added that his son’s condition was like “another country – a black hole of misery”.

Lord Milo was pronounced dead by paramedics after his lifeless body was discovered in front of Reading House at 6.30am on July 21. His death followed a similar incident at nearby Exeter House a year ago.

His father said he did not have any links to the Hallfield Estate but had gone there with the intention of killing himself.

Despite his recent downward spiral, the Marquess said he had no clue that his son was planning to take his own life.

He revealed that Lord Douglas had left his job as a fundraiser for Action Against Hunger a few months earlier, but said this was because he was looking for a change.

Paying tribute to his son’s good character, he said: “He was the most natural, kind and loving person of all the people I know.

“He was hugely loved and I never heard anyone say a nasty word against him. He was the least malevolent person I ever met.”

Lord Milo attended the private Dauntsey’s School, in Devizes, Wiltshire, before going on to Manchester University to study history. He comes from an extensive family of eight brothers and three sisters and is second in line to the historic title of the Marquess of Queensberry.

His mother Alexa is a former model and was his father’s now estranged second wife.

His lineage dates back to 1637 and his ancestors include the ninth Marquess, John Sholto Douglas, who endorsed the Queensberry Rules of Boxing in the 19th century and famously brought criminal proceedings against Oscar Wilde.

He accused the writer of having an affair with his son, Bosie, Lord Alfred Douglas, a crime for which Wilde was eventually jailed.

The controversy surrounding the family was renewed when it emerged that Lord Milo’s stepsister, Carrie Carey, had married two of Osama Bin Laden’s sons – Salam Bin Laden, who died in an air crash in 1988, and then Khaled Bin Laden.