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Thursday, 23 October 2008 13:13

Mark Warwick Fordham Speight

Born: 6 August 1965, Seisdon, Staffordshire, England

Died: 7 April 2008, London.

Age: 42

Cause of death: Death by hanging.

Notable because: Broken hearted after the sad death of his love so hung himself in a train station.


Mark  Speight  was a British television presenter who presented the long-running BBC children's art programme SMart, amongst other programmes. Growing up in Tettenhall, Wolverhampton, he left school at the age of 16 to become a cartoonist. He subsequently gained a degree in commercial and graphic art and, while working in television set construction, heard of auditions for a new children's art programme. Speight became one of the first presenters of SMart, and presented it for 14 years.

Speight was also a presenter on See It Saw It, where he met his future fiancée Natasha Collins. He took part in live events, such as Rolf on Art and his own Speight of the Art workshops for children. He was involved in charity work; he became the president of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign's Young Pavement Artists Competition, and was a spokesperson for ChildLine. During the Christmas period in 2007, he took part in a pantomime production of Cinderella.

In January 2008 Speight found the body of his fiancée in the bath at their London flat and was initially arrested on suspicion of her murder. Ultimately he was not charged with any offence. An inquest later determined Collins had died of a drug overdose and severe burns from hot water. In April, Speight was reported missing and was found hanged near Paddington Station a few days later; two suicide notes were discovered, describing how he could no longer live without Collins.


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