Drummer Driven to Suicide by Neighbour's Loud Music; Member of 70s Band Sparks Hangs Himself
Byline: MARK WILKINSON
A MUSICIAN hanged himself after a neighbour drove him to distraction by playing loud music, an inquest was told.
Norman "Dinky" Diamond was the drummer of Seventies band Sparks, who had hits including Never Turn Your Back On Mother Earth and This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both Of Us which reached No 2 in 1974.
But it was loud rock and pop music which drove him to commit suicide, a coroner ruled.
Hours before the 53-year-old died he told police he felt powerless against the neighbour. Pc Sarah Ratcliffe, the last person to see Mr Diamond alive, told Berkshire coroner's court in Windsor: "He said the neighbour did not work during the day and played music, and he had complained to the council but they had not done anything. He had spoken to his MP, newspapers, councillors and got his partner involved."
Mr Diamond's partner, Jane Gant, told the hearing …
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Publication information: Article title: Drummer Driven to Suicide by Neighbour's Loud Music; Member of 70s Band Sparks Hangs Himself. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Evening Standard (London, England). Publication date: February 4, 2005. Page number: 25. © Not available. COPYRIGHT 2005 Gale Group.
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