'A chronically-ill father-of-three killed himself after the Department for Work and Pensions said he was fit to work and stopped his benefits, an inquest has heard.
Kevin Dooley, 48, from Leeds, was found hanged by his daughter Leanne Dooley, 28, on December 17 last year and died three days later in hospital - the week before Christmas.
Wakefield Coroner's Court heard today how the father-of-three had suffered from breathing problems for a number of years caused by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Formerly a painter and decorator, he feared not being able to pay his bills when his Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) was stopped after he had been deemed 'fit to work'.
The decision was taken despite Mr Dooley being told by his doctor he was too sick to return to his job.
Ms Dooley told the court her father had been claiming ESA for years because his difficulties in breathing, coughing fits and blackouts prevented him from having a job.
In a statement read to the court, his daughter said: 'I am of the firm belief that the issues around my father's fitness to work and the subsequent stopping of his benefits had an adverse effect on his health and led to him taking his own life.'
Ms Dooley told the court how her father had been fearing the DWP would stop his allowance ever since he received a letter on July 18 last year calling him for an assessment.
She said she had attempted to calm him down and convince him everything would be OK because she felt there was 'no chance' that 'a man as poorly as my dad was fit to work'.
But the inquest heard how, in November last year, Mr Dooley received a letter from the DWP saying his ESA would be stopped, and a subsequent appeal against the decision failed.'
Read more: Chronically-ill father-of-three, 48 - who struggled to breathe and frequently passed out - took his own life after DWP stopped his benefits, inquest hears
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