A 52 year old British music fan named Robert McIndoe reportedly committed suicide last year, following a severe bout with tinnitus brought on by attending a concert given by rock super-group Them Crooked Vultures. An inquest into the death is now underway.
After attending the concert, McIndoe became worried when a ringing noise in his ears did not subside and he unsuccessfully attempted to make an appointment with a specialist. According to The Daily Mail, "A letter of referral to a hospital ear, nose and throat specialist arrived the day after [his death]."
His wife, Shirley McIndoe, described her husband's suffering to the inquest. "When it first happened he wasn't too bothered about it because he thought it would subside, and the friend he had been with also had ringing in his ears that day. But it was a constant irritation. He didn't get a night of sleep after that."
Less than two weeks before his death, he secured a hospital appointment, but the treatment he received did nothing to help him. He was prescribed a sedative and promised a more thorough appointment for the next day. Upon returning to the hospital, he was told that no such appointment had been made.
"He came away from that appointment really, really distressed – and felt the GP didn’t believe him and was treating him like a malingerer," his wife told the inquest.
McIndoe then attempted suicide, taking an overdose of sedatives. Though that attempt was unsuccessful, the South London resident reportedly left a note, apologizing to his family.
"He just wanted to sleep and not be suffering. They kept him in hospital for three days and I thought that had been the low point, and we were moving forward," his wife said.
McIndoe finally committed suicide on November 1st. According to reports, the rock fan repeatedly stabbed himself in the chest. The inquest, brought on by the Southwark Coroner's Court, continues.
Them Crooked Vultures formed in 2009. Considered a hard rock super-group, the band consists of Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age) and John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin). The band is noted for its loud, aggressive sound. Their self-titled debut album included the hits "New Fang" and "Mind Eraser, No Chaser." The band is reportedly working on a sophomore album, due sometime in 2012.