Highly intelligent Nottingham student dies suddenly at his flat

A mathematics student was found dead at his Nottingham flat after police gained entry.

Aaron Arthur Basha was 22 years old when he was discovered at his Derby Road home after his father became concerned for his welfare and contacted the police.

After a two-day inquest into his death in Nottingham at the Council House, Old Market Sqaure, the conclusion was suicide.

Coroner Gordon Clow said the cause of death was drug toxicity.

He said Mr Basha was a highly intelligent student.

At the time of his death he was attempting, for the third time, to complete the final year of his undergraduate study in mathematics.

On February 20, 2020, Mr Basha spoke with his father over the telephone in the morning.

There were no signs that anything was amiss and, if anything, Mr Basha seemed more positive than was usually the case.

Having heard nothing from Mr Basha on the Friday or the Saturday, his father became concerned for his welfare and contacted the police.

The police gained entry to Mr Basha’s flat and discovered him deceased in bed.

Dr Clow told the virtual hearing: “A thorough police investigation confirmed no evidence of any third party involvement in the death, or of any suspicion. I am satisfied that Mr Basha died at his own hand, therefore.”

Mr Basha left no notes which might be considered ‘suicide notes’.

No family member or friend had reported Mr Basha communicating any intention to end his life in the period immediately prior to his death, but Mr Basha had suffered with thoughts of suicide for a very long time and did discuss these with his therapist and family members on occasions.

The coroner said: “There was, however, no specific mention by Mr Basha of any plan or intention to end his life in the period leading up to 22nd February 2020”.

Against a background of long-standing mental health problems and substance misuse, Mr Basha consumed illicit drugs and a toxic substance which, in combination, caused his death.

Mr Basha was experiencing significant social stressors at the time of his death including significant difficulties in completing his studies at university, social withdrawal (a long-standing problem), and chronic feelings of low mood and lack of enjoyment in life.

A University of Nottingham spokesperson said after the inquest concluded: “We remain extremely saddened by this tragic loss of a young life.

“Aaron was a valued member of the University of Nottingham community, and we send our sincerest condolences to his family at this very difficult time.

“The University is committed to learning from Aaron’s death and to continue to develop our support processes and services, and our interactions with services external to the University.”

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