Vegan chef Antonio Rucco (Photo: Instagram) - Media Credit:

Coroner Gives Verdict On Vegan Chef’s Tragic Death

By

1 Minutes Read

A vegan chef died from suspension by ligature after dealing with the stress of running a restaurant, an inquest has heard.

Antonio Rucco, from Puglia in Italy, ran Antonio’s Vegan Kitchen in Bethnal Green – previously Piadima Genuina in Hackney Wick.

An inquest into his death was told that Rucco’s girlfriend found him hanged in his restaurant. He was still alive and was rushed to hospital on February 12, but died some hours later from ‘catastrophic brain injuries’.

‘Can’t give a suicide verdict’

“The tragic thing was that he was found by his partner, who raised the alarm straight away after cutting him down,” Assistant Coroner William Dolman said, as reported by Metro UK.

“He was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs. I can’t give a suicide verdict there is no evidence of his state of mind.

“The cause of death was given as suspension by ligature. On this occasion I agree with the pathologist, I will record the medical cause of death as suspension by ligature.”

Condolences

Announcing the Rucco’s death earlier this year, a statement was posted on the restaurant’s social media, saying: “It is with great sadness that we must announce our chef and owner passed away. The restaurant will be closed permanently and we thank you for your love and support at this time.”

The news was met with condolences from many of Rucco’s supporters and followers, with one saying: “I’m totally saddened by this news. RIP Antonio.”

Another added: “So sorry to hear of this. Thoughts are with you.”

If you feel you need support, call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123 (in the UK) or visit the Samaritans website.

In the USA, call (877) 870-HOPE (4673) or Text 24/7, or visit the Samaritans website.

Millions around the world trust Plant Based News for content about navigating our changing planet & our role in it.

Our independent team of journalists and experts are committed to making an impact through a wide range of content—and you can help by supporting our work today.

heading/author

The Author

Maria Chiorando

Maria is the former editor for Plant Based News. She has been a newspaper reporter and features writer. Her work has been published by The Guardian and The Huffington Post, among others

More by Maria Chiorando iconography/arrow-right

Tagged

heading/comments

Leave a Comment

Plant Based News Comment Policy

In short:- If you act with maturity and consideration for other users, you should have no problems. Please read our Comment policy before commenting.

Comments are closed.

buttons/scroll-to-top/scroll-to-top-small-active