A young musician hanged himself after a girl he had become infatuated with removed him as a ‘friend’ on Facebook.Simon Foxley, 21, became interested in the girl after meeting her on the social networking site.
But when he told her of his romantic feelings, she ‘unfriended’ him – removing him from the list of people who could view her profile page and photographs.
When he frantically tried to get back in contact with the girl, her friends began bombarding him with abusive messages telling him to leave her alone.
Hours after reading one of the messages – which ended with the words: ‘Go and die’ – the music student from Hyde, in Gloucestershire, hanged himself in the garden of the family home.
His body was found by his father Graham, 56, and his 18-year-old brother, David.
Yesterday, his devastated family said that being ‘unfriended’ and bullied on Facebook had been ‘the final straw’ for the talented drummer – who they described as a ‘shy’ and ‘sensitive’ boy.
His mother, Diane Foxley, 55, said: ‘Simon suffered from a lack of confidence, but we were making real progress with him.
‘We just didn’t teach him what girls could be like occasionally. He was down about it – then he got the Facebook messages.’
Mr Foxley’s family told how the 21- year-old had become infatuated with the girl after corresponding with her over Facebook.
The pair had exchanged ‘thousands’ of messages, but never met in person and were not boyfriend and girlfriend.
It is thought the girl removed Mr Foxley from her list of Facebook ‘friends’ after he confessed that he was in love with her – feelings she did not share.
Mr Foxley, described as a ‘shy, sensitive lad’ who ‘always put others first’, then began to receive threatening messages from her male friends warning him to stay away from her.
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