Mark Fear (right) with Kenneth Kendall in 2010 at the opening of the new season at their Cowes gallery Kendall's Fine Art. Picture by Robin Crossley.
THE civil partner of broadcaster Kenneth Kendall left a poignant suicide note saying he could not live without him, an inquest at Isle of Wight Coroner’s Court heard today (Tuesday).
Former Royal London Yacht Club rear and vice-commodore, Francis Mark Fear was devastated by his partner’s death last year, the inquest heard.
Mr Kendall, who was well-known as a newsreader and presenter of Treasure Hunt, died aged 88 in December, following a stroke.
Mr Fear, 55, was found dead on April 29 at the couple’s home in Castle Road, Cowes.
A letter on the hall table, addressed to close friend Vicki Wyatt, said: "I simply cannot face the future without Kenneth."
Her partner, Neil Robertson, was among those who discovered Mr Fear’s body after becoming concerned he was late for an appointment.
Mr Robertson said he and Mr Fear had watched football together the night before, when they spoke of future plans. There was no hint he was suicidal.
Recording a suicide verdict, assistant coroner John Matthews thanked Mr Fear's friends and family rallying round.