British dad, 34, found dead in hotel room after accidentally hanging himself

A dad was found dead in a hotel room after hanging himself in a 'tragic accident', an inquest heard.

Luke Merry, 34, from Kent, was on a business trip in Frankfurt, Germany, when he died from 'accidental self asphyxiation' on April 3.

Hotel staff became concerned when he did not check-out the following morning and went to check on him.

When they got no response from knocking on his door, they used an emergency handle to force entry, just after 12.30pm.

A chair blocked the doorway, but it was opened wide enough to see Mr Merry lying on the bedroom floor, Kent Live reports.

The emergency services were called, which included the police.

On arrival officers found a ligature mark around his neck, along with black rope tied around the bed, an iPad on the side, a packet of cable ties and a cutting knife.

Officers in Germany found no sign of third party involvement.

The inquest held today (July 9) at Archbishops Palace in Maidstone heard that a post mortem had concluded his cause of death was asphyxiation.

Senior coroner, Patricia Harding, referred to it as "accidental self asphyxiation".

This was contrary to the initial cause of death which was incorrectly read out at the initial inquest opening.

A report from GP Dr Supriya Das said Mr Merry had registered at Maidstone Road Surgery, in Gillingham, in 2016.

But he was never seen by a doctor and wasn't on any medication.

His wife of six years, Leanna Merry attended the inquest with her father and father-in-law.

Her statement said they had video called with their son at 5pm on April 3.

During the call he had spoken of plans for the three of them on his return from his trip.

He was also "excited" about the potential of setting up a new business.

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