A lecturer had been given sedatives before he fell to his death from a hotel window in Turkey, an inquest heard.
Robert Beers, 67, a journalism tutor at the University of Central Lancashire, had stopped off en route to a university conference in India on February 11 this year.
An inquest was told yesterday the ex-BBC journalist had been given sedatives by a doctor before he fell from a fourth-floor window in Istanbul, suffering head injuries.
US-born Mr Beers, of Whittingham Lane, Broughton, was only due to be in Turkey for three hours but when he failed to arrive in New Delhi a search was begun for him.
Assistant Hertfordshire coroner Dr Frances Cranfield recorded a narrative verdict. She said Mr Beers had a history of depression and alcoholism.
She said : “He appeared depressed and had been drinking heavily during his stay in Turkey. However, on the day he died he had been sedated intravenously. He also had a history of bilateral detached retina and was said to have limited vision.
“The window on the fourth floor was wide open and the lower sill was at knee height. The verdict is death after a fall from the fourth-floor window.”
Mr Beers’ widow Melanie Francis attended the inquest at Hatfield Coroner’s Court.
In a statement read out in court, she said when she spoke to her husband on February 10 he had “sounded terrible” and was worried about losing his job.
She said he told her he had not eaten for days and that he had even put his foot out of the window thinking of ending it all but he knew the university cared.
University colleague John Quirke had been to check on Mr Beers the day before his death, amid concerns about his welfare. He found Mr Beers’ body the next day. The inquest heard alcohol and the sedative may have affected his “cognitive function.”