Warehouse worker, 28, killed himself on video call with sister and ex-partner


A grieving sister has recalled the horrific moment her brother hanged himself on a live video call.

Warehouse worker Viktors Zeiliss killed himself at his home in Stoke-on Trent four days after Christmas, an inquest was told.

His sister Diana Zeilisa had raced to his home after she realised what was happening but he was too pronounced dead by paramedics, reports StokeonTrentLive.

At the inquest she said: “I saw Viktors hanging himself. I started to run to his house as it was not far away from my house. When I got into the living room I saw the police there.”

The inquest heard that the 28-year-old had no history of mental illness. His parents had died within a week of each other.

Police were called to his house by his ex-partner

Diana added: “A few days before Christmas he had stopped going to work. I went to see Viktors twice to give him some food. He was talking about getting off the beer because he had a good relationship with his boss and wanted to get back to work. We had a good relationship.”

His ex partner had also called the emergency services.

A police officer, who was called to the scene, said: “The information passed from the police control room was that a man had been seen on a live video call to his ex-partner to be hanging himself.”

North Staffordshire assistant coroner Sarah Murphy has ruled that Viktors committed suicide.

She said: “His ex-partner had contacted the police stating that he was trying to hang himself at his home address.

“Viktors Zeiliss was found by the police. It followed a call from an ex-partner who had seen a live video call of him attempting to hang himself.

“I do find that this was an intention to end life. Therefore the conclusion I am going to record is one of suicide.”

She added: “I would like to express my sincere condolences to the family for the very sad death of Viktors Zeiliss.”

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