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'Bubbly' Stacksteads wife found hanged
A HUSBAND found his wife hanged in a bedroom at the home they shared – just 15 months after their Las Vegas wedding.
Gemma Gansler, 31, of Plantation Street, Stacksteads, described as ‘cheery, bubbly’ and ‘the life and soul of the party’ died on Saturday, November 10, an inquest heard.
Mrs Gansler, who worked as a warehouse operative with JJ Ormerods of Stacksteads for more than 10 years, had married husband Karl in 2011.
He told the hearing at Burnley Magistrates’ Court that there was ‘nothing out of the ordinary’ on the day before her death.
HGV driver Mr Gansler said: “We were having the living room refurbished and had taken delivery of a three-piece suite that afternoon. We were also having Sky installed so I was sorting the television and DVD player. She seemed fine all day.”
The couple were joined later by Mrs Gansler’s father, David Claypole, who told her that her grandfather, who had collapsed a week earlier, was gravely ill.
However, she was also said to be thrilled at being asked to look after her young nephew Dylan who she ‘doted on’.
The court was told that Mrs Gansler had been drinking vodka and wine in the hours before she died and that the couple had a slight disagreement after she took four co-codamol tablets, for which she had a prescription for a hip problem.
Mr Gansler said: “Any disagreement was minimal. She went upstairs and I thought she would calm down like normal.”
He said that for the rest of the evening he remained downstairs, watching television and speaking to friends on the phone, while his wife was upstairs.
He said she came down twice, once for a drink and the second time to walk her beloved dog, Chip.
When Mr Gansler was getting ready to go to bed at around 2am he found his wife lifeless in a spare bedroom.
A pathologist’s report said that although the cause of death was hanging there was also a significant amount of codeine and paracetamol in her system.
East Lancashire coroner Richard Taylor recorded a narrative verdict that “she took her own life after having ingested pills and alcohol”.