Aspiring TV actress Cady Stewart killed herself at age 33 after struggling to cope with mother's death
Cady Stewart used to live with her mother Sharon, with whom she shared a 'special bond' before the mother passed away from breast cancer, halting Cady's will to live
Unable to cope with the loss of her mother who suffered a breast cancer-related death, aspiring TV actress Cady Stewart ended up taking her own life, an inquest heard. According to a cousin, 33-year-old Cady lived with her mother Sharon and "didn't want to feel happy" and instead "wanted to feel the hurt" after Sharon's death.
Cady took her life on June 2 after she left a suicide note where she asked her friends to take care of her Pomeranian dog Bella, an inquest was told. She was discovered by a friend after she did not return any texts, emails, or phone calls about meeting up for lunch. Cady, from Droylsden, Greater Manchester, was found dead at home due to an apparent drug overdose. She was an extra in TV shows and had jobs in hairdressing and retail.
She and her mother Sharon had a very close bond and Cady was devastated when Sharon died in November last year during her 50s. Cady's cousin Gemma Johnson shared in a statement, "Her dad wasn’t involved with her growing up. He did get in touch on Facebook and when I asked if she was going to do anything about it, she said no because he hadn’t been around for her whole life."
"She lived with her mum and spent a lot of time with her grandmother. They had a lot of sleepovers together. We were a close family growing up, I have quite happy memories of her and she was like a sister to me. Cady was very close to her mum, they lived together. She was a beautiful kind-hearted girl who was quite quiet. She started hairdressing college in Tameside and did very well and ended up doing hairdressing for a living," she continued.
"She did my hair, my mum's hair, and my sister's hair and we always looked immaculate. She then got some retail jobs and even got some work as a TV extra. We remained close with Cady and her mum until some three years later when her mum was diagnosed with cancer and it was terminal," she recalled. "It was a difficult time for all of them. As Sharon started to deteriorate, Cady found it more difficult to cope."
Gemma added, "In November 2017, her mother's health continued to deteriorate until she passed away and at that time, Cady took an overdose and was taken to Tameside. This was when she said she needed to be with her mum. She struggled to cope without her. Her friends noticed that she hadn’t been eating and was losing weight. She was concerned about finances. I found out Cady passed away when I was on holiday, her friends found her. She didn’t want to feel happy, she wanted to feel the hurt."
Cady was discovered by her close friend Lisa Whitworth who shared, "We went round to her house and saw Bella, her dog, in the living room downstairs, which was strange as she never left Cady’s side. There was a note on the door telling us to look after her." Lisa said that she had also called for help and performed CPR "but sadly she passed away". She added, "We supported Cady since the passing of her mum. Cady had previously overdosed. She just couldn’t cope due to the passing of her mum."
Cady's GP Dr. Rajesh Gulati performed a psychological assessment on her in November last year and shared, "She did say to me that she felt her life was worth living and she wanted to try on behalf of her mum." He then added that she called the reception and asked for a two-month sick note, "which caused me some concern as I wanted to see her and check how she was doing. She came in and I offered her monthly sick note as I would have more contact with her and she was happy with that. She had been offered grief counseling but she didn’t want to go there."