Bodybuilding twins jumped from tower block window in tragic suicide pact

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Two bodybuilding twins enacted a tragic 'suicide pact' by jumping to their deaths from a tower block window in Birmingham, an inquest was told.

Marcis and Armands Graudins, both aged 33, were tragically found dead next to one another outside Wickets Tower, Edgbaston on March 2 this year, Birmingham Coroner's Court heard.

The twins, who had told friends of their mental health issues, jumped from an open window in their shared flat and were only discovered by an "extremely distressed" caretaker as he arrived for work hours later.

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Two witnesses heard a loud noise, described as a 'bang' or 'thud', at 3am "but didn't look or check to see what happened", the coroner said.

Paramedics were already on scene and had confirmed the brothers were deceased, the court heard. Steroids and "related paraphernalia" were found inside their flat, though it did not contribute or cause their deaths reports BirminghamLive.

Tragically just weeks before their deaths, Marcis told a doctor he had thought about suicide and had been "measuring windows" but had reassured the GP he would not take his own life "due to the effect it would have on his twin brother".

Meanwhile, Armands told colleagues he "didn't want to grow old" and had said if anything happened to his twin, 'he would go too'.

Details of the brothers' struggles with anxiety and steroid use were mentioned as the court also heard the "avid gym-goers" were 'quiet neighbours who kept themselves to themselves and were often together'.

Senior Coroner Louise Hunt recorded a conclusion of suicide for both brothers, alongside "multiple injury" caused by a fall from height as their cause of death.

The brothers, both single men, were identified by co-workers. Marcis, a productive operative, was found to have drugs in his system, but they did not contribute to his actions or his death.

He had a history of injecting steroids into his ankles, the coroner's court heard. He also suffered with social anxiety and used bodybuilding as a way of dealing with his mental health issues.

In a later appointment, in February, he again stressed that Armands was his "protective factor" and he would not attempt suicide as a result. Recording a conclusion of suicide, Mrs Hunt said: "He was found on the ground outside his flat by a care taker who was attending work. He was found next to his brother who was also deceased.

"The deceased had been suffering from low mood and anxiety. When he was last seen by his GP he was noted to be a lot better and planning to explore counselling through work."

During the subsequent inquest the court heard how Armands, an assistant production supervisor, also took steroids and other drugs bought "off the black market".

In a statement, his supervisor described him as a "helpful guy" and "very focused" but said "he had always said he didn't want to grow old" and didn't want a family.

Mrs Hunt extended her condolences to their family as the inquests were concluded.

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