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Artist found dead in Swansea park “has faced years of anti-gay bullying”

The investigation into William Green’s death took place in Swansea’s Guildhall. (Geography Photos / Universal Images Group via Getty)

A young gay artist found dead in a Swansea park had suffered years of homophobic bullying at school, according to an investigation.

Green, 26, was found dead in Swansea’s Singleton Park by police officers in December last year.

An investigation into his death learned that Green had found life “very difficult” after years of homophobic bullying in secondary school, but had not confided in his family until he was at Cardiff Metropolitan University studying fine arts.

According to WalesOnlineGreen was described during the investigation as “supportive” of his friends and with a “caring nature”, but had a hard time accepting his sexuality.

Green had returned home to Swansea from Cardiff to be with his family after his “volatile” relationship with his ex-partner Ashley Kelleway ended in 2020.

She took the breakup hard and, despite suffering from panic attacks, was trying to wean herself off drugs.

On December 10, Green and Kelleway had an argument, the investigation was overheard, and a friend reported that Green looked “very depressed and depressed” afterwards.

Two days later, Green told Kelleway that he intended to take his own life, and although his former partner had alerted the police, Green was found to have committed suicide that night in Singleton Park.

In a eulogy read at Green’s funeral, his brother said, “Will was definitely a unique individual, I think we all agree on that.

“He was such a caring person and would always be there for anyone in difficult times… After graduation he worked at Wagamama and moved to head house with responsibility for visiting school children.

“As a result he signed up to undertake a postgraduate teaching certificate but sadly the dreaded COVID struck and all the learning was transferred online.

“My brother found this extremely stressful and subsequently dropped out of the course. It was during this time that he opened up about how he felt he had to justify his sexuality about him and I can only imagine how difficult he found it every day.

“Every friend accepted Will for who he was, but I don’t think Will accepted himself.”

Suicide is preventable. Readers interested in the issues raised in this story are encouraged to contact Samaritans at 116 123 (www.samaritans.org), or Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk).

Readers in the United States are encouraged to contact the National suicide prevention line on 1-800-273-8255.

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