British Teenager Hanged Himself After Listening To 'Death Metal' Music

According to, a 15-year-old British boy killed himself after listening to death metal on his iPod.

The coroner did not identify the band Truman Edley was listening to or make public the extreme lyrics which formed part of the evidence at the inquest in Rotherham.

Edley's mother said he had "self-esteem issues" and "frequently listened to death metal through headphones" before he hanged himself in the hallway of his family home in November 2011.

Coroner Fred Curtis, who recorded a verdict of suicide at the inquest in Rotherham, commented: "I'm not going to read the lyrics out, all I will say about them is they are extremely dark in content.

"They certainly deal with dark matters and, in some respects, seem to glorify death to some degree.

"It's also the view of the police officers in this case and Truman's mother who, not surprisingly was unaware of the content until after his death.

"Whatever the influences, I think it right that one can say there was no appreciation by anyone of the extent of his troubles and problems.

"There may be other factors behind these problems but I think the only person who can answer for those is Truman himself."

Police Constable Glyn Farrell, who was one of the responding officers at the scene of the death, said he was a fan of death metal but admitted it could be depressive.

"I do listen to that sort of music myself, which has a lot of screaming with heavy guitar sounds," he said. "It can have an effect on people."


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