Dan Rix, 26, was found hanged in a forest near Grimsby last April. The young tradesman had ended his life after getting into debt that he couldn’t pay back.
Now his father Phillip has spoken to the Telegraph about his son’s ‘senseless’ death, in the hope that he can make others see that suicide isn’t an answer to debt.
“Some days I will be doing something and I get this feeling like a kick that’s right in the stomach – it brings you to your knees and you start to cry,” he said. “We want to keep his memory alive, so if Danny’s story prevents one person from going down that road, Danny’s death will not be so devastatingly senseless.”
Mr Rix explained that his son was a ‘proud’ man who couldn’t face the stigma of being in debt and the impact it was having on his personal life.
In the weeks before his death, Dan had been helping his father convert an old van into a campervan. At the time he’d spoken of his future and explained how he’d been to the citizens advice bureau to apply for bankruptcy.
Dan’s debts amounted to nothing but a ‘drop in the ocean’ compared to the billions of pounds banks and credit lenders make, and Mr Rix believes these institutions should be made to donate to debt advice charities.
Mr Rix said no one saw the tragedy coming, and that the suicide could have been triggered by a bank letter.
Now the devastated Rix family hope that one positive thing will come from the tragedy – that people will read Dan’s story and see that there can be life after debt, and there are people who can help.
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