Businessman who threw himself under a Tube train was 'stressed after launching firm'

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An man who threw himself under a Tube train during a business trip was stressed after starting a firm.

Greg Butler, 56, who had a history of depression, left a note on his computer saying: “My demons are forcing me to do something I really don’t want to do.”

The ex Microsoft worker from Seattle, Washington, was seen on CCTV walking in front of a 20mph District Line train at Temple, his inquest heard.

Mr Butler, a dad of three, here to promote his education firm, an inquest heard.

He was struck by a tube travelling at 20mph and was pronounced dead at the scene on January 18.

The full note, left on his computer, was not read out, but coroner Dr Shirley Radcliffe remarked it contained "a lot of self-anger and self-hatred".

The court heard that Mr Butler had been a devoted family man and had called his wife Diane daily whenever he was forced to take trips abroad.

Mr Butler had been a senior director of Global Education Strategy with Microsoft for many years, but resigned in early 2014 to found his own company, Collaborative Impact.

Verdict: Suicide.

Scott Blair - UK News
By Scott Blair - UK News 17/07/2015 16:45:00