A CORONER has told a family that he cannot explain why a beloved dad took his own life.

An inquest heard that John McLean was found dead at his home in Barrow's Holker Street on May 31.

The hearing at Cockermouth Coroner's Court was told that Mr McLean had never sought medical help for mental health problems but had argued with family members the day before he was found dead.

Coroner Dr Nicholas Shaw said the man's family would be left with a 'question mark' over his death.

The inquest heard that Mr McLean had gone to a rugby match with several members of family the day before he was pronounced dead. He was later refused entry into the Furness Railway pub after arguing with a bouncer.

Wife Jenna McLean reported that John had been 'hysterical' later that evening and that the pair had argued.

The next day he was found dead at the Holker Street property by a friend. Dr Shaw said it was 'likely' Mr McLean had taken his own life the previous night.

Paying tribute, Mrs McLean described her husband as a 'wonderful' person who is missed 'every day' by his family.

Mum Janice McLean told the inquest her son was the 'last person' she thought would have taken his own life.

The inquest heard that pathologist Sarah Hauxwell noted a large amount of alcohol in Mr McLean's system but it 'not possible' to say whether it would have influenced the actions that led to his death.

Recording a conclusion of suicide, Dr Shaw said: "Whilst what happened is clear the reason still remains unclear, to the extent I can't tell you exactly why.

"You're left with a big question mark that's not going to go away.

"It's completely out of character for John and unexplained.

"I can't give you a definitive answer as to why it happened. I'm sorry about that."

He added: "Families do have arguments. About 999 times out of 1000 it resolves itself. Occasionally it doesn't.

"I think there was some feeling hanging over about this and it probably all could've been sorted out."