A WANTAGE woman found dead on her kitchen floor by her brother died by suicide, a coroner ruled today.

Former air hostess Samantha 'Sam' Riches, 42, of Portway Mews, died on August 20 following an overdose.

Coroner Darren Salter said she had battled various severe mental health issues for years.

The court heard that Sam had texted a friend on the morning of her death but did not pick up a phone call from social workers, which was made a couple of hours after the scheduled time.

A report into her death is due to be released in the coming weeks.

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