Hero dad took own life ‘out of the blue’

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A popular bar manager and doting dad took his own life “completely out of the blue”, just hours after being with his family seemingly “happy as Larry”.

Aran Waite was found dead by his girlfriend of four years, Naomi Booth, in the early hours of May 4 this year.

He was just 23.

Just hours earlier he had joined Naomi, 24, with whom he had a three-year-old daughter Tulisa, and his family on a night out where he “had a good laugh”, his dad said.

His family, including brothers Nick and John-Symon, sister Emma and dad John, have said they will never understand why “their boy” took his own life.

His father said: “He was impulsive, but this was completely out of the blue.

“He was always smart, polite, funny, people said he had the looks. He was a fun guy who loved his daughter and Naomi.

“I think he had a lot of pressure building up, but this was spur of the moment.”

Aran, known as ‘Azza’, was praised by a judge earlier this year after he threw himself on top of a stranger who was being beaten up by a gang.

Mr Waite, who was bar manager at Uncle Tom’s Cabin, sustained a broken nose in the attack, but stopped the thugs from inflicting further injuries on victim Liam Clark, 25.

Two men were jailed for the attack, and Recorder Philip Parry recommended Mr Waite, a keen footballer and Bradford City fan, be given a £300 reward from the High Sherriff of Lancashire for his heroic act.

Blackpool Coroner’s Court heard yesterday how financial worries at home, as well as stresses in work, could have contributed to his mood at the time of his death.

But Ms Booth said he had never suggested he might take his own life.

But at around 2am on May 4, 90 minutes after he left Naomi out with his family, Mr Waite sent his girlfriend a text saying he’d been “thinking of it for a while” and “it was time to say good night” adding “don’t let Tulisa forget me”.

She told The Gazette: “He was just so fun and loving. When he sent that text I got upset, but I couldn’t imagine him doing something like that.”

Ms Booth rushed back to their home, where she found Mr Waite collapsed in the hallway after hanging himself.

Assistant coroner for Blackpool Derek Baker recorded a verdict that Mr Waite took his own life at his home on Manchester Road on May 4, 2014.

He said: “The evidence seems to suggest this was a second’s decision.”