Homeless woman, 23, who starred on BBC hanged herself, coroner says

Homeless woman, 23, who turned her life around after starring in BBC show Love And Drugs On The Street hanged herself following years of years of substance abuse, coroner says

  • Paige Greenaway, 23, was found hanged at Brighton home on February 9 2020
  • Inquest halted October when mother made claims over circumstances of death
  • In a resumed inquest at Hove coroner recorded conclusion of suicide by hanging
  • For confidential support call the Samaritans on 116123 or visit a local Samaritans branch, see www.samaritans.org for details 

A homeless BBC TV star took her own life after years battling a tragic combination of mental health issues and chronic substance abuse, a coroner said.

Paige Greenaway, 23, who appeared in the BBC docuseries Love And Drugs On The Street, was found hanged at her Brighton home on February 9 last year following an argument with her partner.

The inquest was halted October last year when her mother claimed her daughter’s death was not a straightforward suicide..

But the resumed inquest at Hove heard boyfriend Joe Holloway had been cleared of any involvement by a new Sussex Police investigation. 

DS Chris Lane told the hearing the new investigation had been ordered by the chief constable and detectives from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team and found no evidence of foul play in her death. 

Paige Greenaway, 23, (pictured) was found hanged at her Brighton home on February 9 last year following an argument with her partner

The tragic mother-of-two had lived on the streets of Brighton for seven years.

She had moved to a rented bedsit before her death and was fighting to maintain contact with her children, the inquest heard.

Ms Greenaway stole viewers hearts when she appeared in the BBC series in 2017, aged 21, and showed how she slept in a graveyard.

Her mother Edell, 47, said her daughter’s appearance in Love And Drugs On The Street had given her the confidence to pull her socks up.

She had plans to get her life in order and hoped to start a business with her mother this year. Edell said her daughter had wanted to join the navy and go to college.

Ms Greenaway pictured on BBC series ‘Love And Drugs On The Street’

Police forced entry to the flat after friends reported their concerns.

At an earlier hearing, the inquest was told Joe Holloway contacted police when he could not reach Ms Greenaway on Sunday, February 9, 2020.

He had received a message from her the day before saying she intended to take her own life.

‘I want him to know he should not feel guilty he did not go back or ask for somebody else to go into the house.

‘It still would have been too late,’ Senior Coroner for Brighton and Hove Veronica Hamilton-Deeley said.

At an earlier hearing, the inquest was told Joe Holloway contacted police when he could not reach Ms Greenaway on Sunday, February 9, 2020. Ms Greenaway pictured on the BBC show

She described Ms Greenaway as an extraordinary young woman who had taken her life in response to the volatile nature of her relationship and the tragic combination of circumstances.

‘There were so many things she had to learn to live with, quite frankly, I don’t know how she managed as well as she did and how she managed to impress people as she did.

‘She shone out as somebody who was chosen to appear in a serious television programme.

‘She had friends, warmth and personality and that weapon which can help overcome all odds and that’s a sense of humour.

‘She was an extraordinary woman but in the end that double edged sword of impulsivity proved to be her undoing,’ Mrs Hamilton-Deeley said.

Senior Coroner for Brighton and Hove Veronica Hamilton-Deeley ruled that Ms Greenaway’s death was suicide by hanging

Community Psychiatric Nurse, Laura Murphy, told the inquest it had been a privilege to work with Ms Greenaway.

‘There was a chance of stabilisation. Every time I met with her, she understood herself very well.

‘It was other people she had difficulty understanding. Often with the chaos outside, we would struggle to hang onto the things we talked about,’ Ms Murphy said.

‘She was keen to start afresh and thought it would give her peace and she was very much looking forward to that.

‘It’s a privilege to work with people like Paige. She had a great sense of humour and was exceptionally motivated. I would have liked to have worked with her longer.’

Ms Greenaway was born with a condition called Triple X syndrome which can lead to learning difficulties, emotional immaturity, impulsivity and difficult to manage behaviour, the court heard.

Following her death, mother Edell said: ‘Paige really pulled up her socks and came back with a fight.

‘She was so excited to see what would happen next and had planned to move back home.

‘But it was like she was fighting a never ending battle with her own demons as well.’

Ms Greenaway lived on the streets following a deterioration in her mental health and clashes with her mother.

‘I’m a runaway child,’ she told the BBC.

The coroner recorded a conclusion of suicide by hanging.

For confidential support call the Samaritans on 116123 or visit a local Samaritans branch, see www.samaritans.org for details 

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