A coroner has confirmed that Rowland ‘Boon’ Gould, a founding member of 1980s pop group Level 42, took his own life.
Gould, who was dead at a friend’s home in Devon on 30 April this year, had battled depression for the majority of his life and was diagnosed as bi-polar by doctors.
At a recent inquest into the death of the 64-year-old musician, assistant coroner Deborah Archer confirmed: “Boon had a difficult and complex history which I find adversely affected his mental health,” as per the BBC.
Archer added: “He had coped with these issues sometimes without being completely open and honest with family and friends about the degree of suffering that he was going through.”
Dr Clare Matthews, Gould’s family doctor, added: “He became a successful rock guitarist and led a lifestyle characterised as heavy drinking, cocaine abuse and mental health problems which ultimately led to him retiring from the music business.”
Gould founded Level 42 alongside his brother, Phil Gould, and Mark King back 1979. The group achieved international fame throughout the 1980s with his such as ‘Lessons in Love’ and ‘Something About You’.
The musician is survived by his wife, Moira Gould, who previously detailed how open Boon was about his mental health issues during their 17-year marriage: “He talked about how exhausting it was to be him,” she said.