Mark Flaherty dead – Four-time UK champion rally driver found dead aged 59 in ‘catastrophic’ tragedy

A CHAMPION rally car driver was found dead after a battle with depression, an inquest heard. Mark Flaherty, 59, a four-time British champion in the 90s, died in “catastrophic” circumstances on New Year’s Day, a coroner said. He had a history of suicidal thoughts and alcohol problems, mental health nurse Godfrey Karambakuwa said. The coroner concluded that Mr Flaherty had died from suicide and said what he did was “carefully thought out and deliberate”. He added: “There is evidence to suggest Mark was struggling with his mental health and had been for many years. These accolades were followed by two British Championship event wins the following year. If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:.

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