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Bride-to-be, Jazmine Howarth, accidentally killed herself trying to ‘go half-way to heaven’ to say final goodbye to best friend – two weeks after friend’s death

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Jazmine wanted to say ‘Goodbye’ to  Dionne (right) who hung herself two weeks earlier

Bride-to-be accidentally killed herself trying to ‘go half-way to heaven’ to say final goodbye to best friend Dionne

Jazmine Howarth, 25, claimed she could ‘control death’ as she tried to say goodbye to Dionne Corbett ‘one last time’ – just two weeks after her friend’s death

Jazmine and Dionne, 25, had been friends since school, more like sisters

Dionne hanged herself just two weeks earlier

Jazmine thought Dionne, might have been trying to contact her

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Jazmine Howarth wanted to say a final goodbye

A bride-to-be struggling to cope with the death of her best friend accidentally killed herself after believing she could go “half-way to heaven” in a bid to say a final goodbye.
Jazmine Howarth, 25, claimed she could “control” death and meet up with tragic mum-of-one Dionne Corbett – who died just two weeks’ earlier – before returning “to the land of the living”.

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But 24 hours after visiting Dionne’s body in a chapel of rest, Jazmine was found hanged in a community garden near her home by her fiancee, after he followed her out of their home following a row.
It emerged she had penned a string of letters saying she wanted to meet Dionne, also 25, “for one last time”, before coming back so she could “carry on with her life”.

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Dionne Corbett was Jazmine’s best friend

An inquest heard the tragedy occurred on March 11 – two weeks after call centre worker Dionne hanged herself at her home in Bolton, Greater Manchester, on February 26 following a battle with depression.
She and Jazmine had been best friends since they were toddlers and even talked about getting pregnant at the same time so they could “go through it all together”.
Following Dionne’s death, a devastated Jazmine, from Radcliffe agreed to speak at the funeral and went with her mother to see her body at the chapel of rest.

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Dionne and Jazmine had been friends since school

But the Heywood hearing was told there no signs of Jazmine intending to take her own life.
Her aunt Michelle Howarth said: “We actually thought that she was much more settled than she had been in a long time.
“Obviously when her friend Dionne died she was absolutely devastated and the day before Jazmine took her own life she went to say goodbye to Dionne in the chapel with her mum. But there was no indication to her mum that she was thinking of joining her.

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Dionne hanged herself just two weeks earlier

“The letter to her mum indicated that what ever she intended to do she thought she could control it. She was very much planning for the funeral, she was looking at reading, planning for that. I know nobody ever expects it but we weren’t – it wasn’t even on our radar.”

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Jazmine’s fiance Brendan Cawley told the inquest: “They classed each other as sisters, one wouldn’t do without the other. She broke down crying saying, ‘yeh but I promised I would go and get her’.
“She said that she wanted to go and see her, go halfway to make sure she was alright. Two days before she died I woke up in the middle of the night and looked at Jazmine, she was writing on a piece of paper, I said ‘what are you doing’. She said ‘nothing it’s stupid’. I thought in my head that it must be something to do with Dionne.”

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Jazmine thought Dionne, above, might have been trying to contact her

He said at the time of the incident a TV signal had been tuning in and out. He added: “Jazmine said ‘I’m writing the words down because it could be Dionne telling me something’.”
On the day of Jazmine’s death, Mr Cawley said they had argued and she ran away from the house, locking the door behind her. He found her body as he went looking for her. Mr Cawley added: “I think she kind of expected me to save her.”
Recording a conclusion of death by misadventure, coroner Lisa Hashmi said she was not satisfied Jazmine had intended to kill herself.

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Jazmine Howarth and her fiance Brendan Cawley

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She said: “I have no doubt that the loss of her close and very dear friend in very tragic circumstances would have had a profound effect. She attended the chapel of rest to say her goodbyes. I believe she would have found that cathartic.
“They had been of course very close, described as sisterly. Both had had conversations about what the other would do if one lost another, it may have underpinned her actions, but I could not say for sure what bearing, if any it had.
“What I can’t ignore are the letters, whilst it may be that some of them were drafted in the days before her death, described as a superstitious belief in Jazmine’s mind, a number of letters were found that suggested that Jazmine wanted to speak to Dionne for one last time.

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Jazmine Howarth wanted to say a final goodbye
Jazmine and Dionne2.png Jazmine Howarth and  Dionne Corbett The pair were described as ‘sisterly’

“That she believed she could meet Dionne and return to the land of living. What I believe was a failure to appreciate how quick one could die. She had a mistaken belief that she could just pass beyond and return.
“Quite clearly that was a mistake on her part. It’s probably the naivety of youth that resulted in her sad, tragic and untimely death.”



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