The brother of a millionaire lottery winner hanged himself the day before his family was due to be evicted because he could not bear to ask his sister for another handout.
Father-of-two Duncan Wilby, 36, had faced final notices on his mortgage payments twice before.
On both occasions his sister Dawn Hyde, who won £4.2million nine years ago, paid off his arrears.
But on March 5, the day he died, the part-time postman sent her a text message which ended: 'This time, there's only one way out.'
Hours later he was found hanging in his garage, an inquest heard yesterday.
In his pocket was a letter he had received on February 15, telling him he faced eviction on March 6 over arrears of just £1,421.
His death was a devastating shock for his wife Mandy, 31, who had no idea of their financial troubles. She had just won a new job as a shop manager and had tried to tell her husband by phone. When there was no reply she rushed home to break the good news, only to find him dead.
Last night Mrs Wilby, whose children are Samantha, eight, and Nathan, five, urged anyone facing similar problems from the soaring cost of living to seek help rather than bottling up their troubles.
It looks like sis was tight with a pence.