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A woman found dead next to her husband after the pair apparently overdosed was ‘vehemently anti-drugs’ – and had tried to break her husband’s addiction.
Alex Gaskell, 24, and husband James were found dead in a hotel in Agra, India, surrounded by packets of sleeping pills, anti-depressants and other prescription drugs.
And the family of the talented photographer, who has a first-class degree, reveled she had been staunchly anti-drugs her whole life – and had been seen as the ‘salvation’ for her 27-year-old drug-taking husband.
‘James had been taking anti-depressants but it just wasn’t like Alex to do anything like that,’ said Mrs Gaskell’s step-father Greg Pike, 67.
‘I’ve spoken to James’ mum and she’s as puzzled as me. We just can’t understand how this has happened. She saw Alex as James’ salvation.’
The pair, who both taught languages at Manchester International College, were on a two-year extended-work holiday that would eventually take them to Indonesia.
But while Mrs Gaskell had posted exotic photos of the trip on Twitter and Instagram, her husband had written posts on the ease of which he was able to obtain powerful prescription drugs like diazepam, also marketed as Valium.
Ish Anand, who prescribed Mr Gaskell the drug, said ‘he felt he [Mr Gaskell] knew what he was doing’.
Police believe the couple died of a drug overdose, but results of post-mortem examinations and toxicology tests have yet to be released.