Ex-BBC presenter killed by train was 'battling mental health problems
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A BBC radio presenter who died after being hit by a train has revealed she was battling mental health problems before her death. 

Mother-of-two Kelly Jobanputra, 40, from Swindon, Wiltshire, died last Friday after being struck by a train between Swindon and Didcot Parkway just months after giving birth to her second child.

Described as 'vibrant, attractive and courageous' by her family, she was hiding her struggles with mental health, her father John Stooke has revealed.

He told The Sun  'She touched a lot of people's lives, and they liked her. She was likeable, bright and, as I say, optimistic and friendly.

'But a lot of it was a facade. Deep down she was constantly battling what was going on in her psyche.

'I want people to understand that whilst people may look fantastic on the outside it doesn't really tell you everything about them and I want people to understand that.'

Stooke, who also lost Kelly's brother Corrie when he died of an accidental heroin overdose 15 years ago at the age of 31, said she seemed fine on the day of her death.

He said she had gone to Asda earlier in the day before ringing him to ask if he could pick up her daughter from school.  She was hit around 3pm.  

Stooke added that the death of her brother had a profound effect on Kelly and that she also suffered post-natal depression after the birth of her first child.

He told the newspaper: 'She was able to present a facade that covered it up but inside it wasn't easy for her.'


04 May, 2019 22:57:27