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Driven to Suicide: 23-year-old Brilliant Oxford University PhD Student Kills Himself…Find Out Why (Photos)



A super bright 23-year-old Oxford University student identified as Rafael Ochoa was in his first year of a 5-year course studying for a PhD in computer science, has killed himself after struggling to cope with the pressures of his studies, an inquest have heard.


According to The Sun UK, the deceased had already got a first class Masters at Oxford and a first class degree in engineering at Cambridge, and was anxious about an upcoming tournament for the university’s Divots team which he was captain of, the court heard.


The court heard how Rafael, a keen golfer, member of the Hertford College Chapel Choir, who is originally from Bilbao, Spain, had spoken to his GP about his struggles.


Dr Helen Salisbury told the coroner: “He was very anxious relating to academic work and a sporting event.”


Professor Stephen Faulkner, the Dean at Keble College in Oxford said he had “very positive reports” and the student as “actively involved in the university golf club”.


Rafeal, was however hit by a train on April 6 this year. Cops went to his flat and found letters suggesting he was going to commit suicide.


Assistant coroner, Nicholas Graham recorded a verdict of suicide.

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