Student kills himself after tweeting about not having enough money to go to college as his heartbroken family says ‘his battle with his brain sadly got him defeated”.
Rory Wood, from Hereford, was tragically found dead on Tuesday, two days after he went missing on Sunday.
His family say they believe he killed himself just a week after finding out he graduated from the Open University with a 2:1 in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE).
His brother, Dan Wood, said Rory was accepted to study at the University of Manchester for a course in September, but his battle with mental illness got him down.
Prior to his disappearance, the 27-year-old tweeted that his situation was ‘unliveable’ and claimed he had ‘lost a big deposit’ to college because he didn’t have enough money to study.
Rory Wood (pictured), 27, from Hereford, was tragically found dead on Tuesday after going missing on Sunday
He wrote: ‘I lost a grand in a deposit at a university because as I completed the terms of the offer it became clear that I had not earned enough money to fund the fees subsistence after two years of economy in full-time work. There were no university fees in this country until 1998 btw.
He added: “Everything seems impossible and unlivable.”
After news broke of his death, a friend of Rory’s hit out at the university, saying she rejected his application ‘because he couldn’t make a living’ and that she ‘didn’t give the £1,000″.
The friend, who uses the @HarbourSeal Twitter account, wrote that he died “because of his utter despair over his situation”.
In a tweet before his death, Rory said he didn’t have enough money to go to college
She wrote: ‘So the University of Manchester took £1000 from an applicant, rejected his application because he can’t earn a living and didn’t return the money. This applicant, a friend, then dies by suicide due to the utter desperation of his situation. It is absolutely outrageous.
The University of Manchester said it had given Rory a place and his application had not been withdrawn, and there was no record of a request for reimbursement being sent at the time of his death.
Rory’s brother, Dan Wood, told the Manchester Evening News he felt that the university had been “sustainable” and
He also wanted to pay tribute to his brother and raise awareness about mental illness following his tragic death, as his Rory had suffered from it for some time.
Rory had received a place to study at the University of Manchester (pictured) from September
He said that to his knowledge, there had been no communication between his brother and the university about the deposit or the cancellation of his place.
He added that he felt Rory was angry at the cost of living and studying in Manchester, but “loved the city”. He was also angry with the cost of living in general.
Dan said: “I think it’s important to clear the air. Rory had suffered from mental illness for a long time and it was always a struggle.
“He had completed his bachelor’s degree at the Open University and found out last week that he had gotten a 2:1. It was about taking the next step.
“I think he’s come to the conclusion that he’s not ready to move and go to Manchester and live on his own and support himself.”
Dan added: “He had already been accepted to study at the University of Manchester and would have started in September. He had always been a very politically engaged person and was quite a short-tempered person.
“He was angry about the cost of living situation and he was working part-time to fund his move to Manchester and was more angry about the price of having to plan it all out rather than actually doing it. He was really excited to go to Manchester.
“He went to the open house and stayed and he loved the city. He felt it was something he wanted to do, but he didn’t have the mental capacity to do it. It’s the saddest thing.
Family release heartfelt tribute to Rory
Rory’s family paid a heartfelt tribute to him after his death.
They said: “Thank you for all your love for our beautiful son, brother, nephew and cousin, Rory.
“We are completely humbled and overwhelmed by the messages of support on Twitter.
“We realize there are people here who really loved him and the fact that he made your days a little brighter makes us smile in these tragic times.
“Rory may not have mentioned it here, but he always had loving and supportive friends and family who tried everything to help him, but his battle with his brain sadly defeated him.
“We ask that Rory’s legacy be increased awareness of mental illness – please everyone take care of yourselves and remember to always speak up.
“Rory graduating with his BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics last week was one of the proudest moments of our lives.
“We will never stop loving you Rory.”
Dan said Rory spoke to his mother about paying a college deposit, but didn’t say how much was paid or what exactly it was for. He added that Rory had always lived with his family and could have gotten financial help if he needed it.
‘I think from our perspective, as far as we know, the university has been supportive and we are not aware of any communication between Rory and the university regarding deposits or the cancellation of his place, although the statement from the university was probably not as clear as it could have been,” he added.
Dan said he felt Rory was using character on Twitter and added, “That last tweet he did, he directed his anger at the university.” I think from our point of view, that’s not the whole truth, that’s the image he wanted to paint.
In its full statement posted to Twitter last night, the University of Manchester said: “We are very aware of the upsetting reports online of a student candidate and are urgently reviewing what has been said. Out of respect, we do not comment further but, if confirmed, we express our deepest sympathy.
‘We can confirm that a place has been successfully secured for a Masters at the University. According to our records, this application is still open and has not been withdrawn by the applicant and has not been rejected by the University.
“Based on our initial investigations, we find no records or email correspondence suggesting a refund request or other request for assistance.”
The university added that it was “thoroughly investigating” and that the matter would be investigated further.
This was followed by a new statement today in which he said: ‘Police have now confirmed that Rory has tragically passed away. It is deeply saddening and we send our deepest condolences to his family and friends.
“We are very sorry that our statement yesterday caused further upheaval, which was certainly not our intention. This was to try to help address intense interest while we actively sought more details.
“We will of course do everything we can to understand what happened in this tragic case, including any lessons we can learn from it.”
“We will continue to offer our support to Rory’s friends and family.”
- If you are suffering from depression or suicidal thoughts, you can contact The Samaritans 24/7 helpline on 116 123 for help and support.