A BBC radio presenter killed herself after walking out midway through her show saying she needed a break, an inquest heard.

Vicki Archer

TRAGIC: Vicki Archer was suffering from depression when she took her life (Pic: SWNS)

Mum-of-three Vicki Archer, 41, was found dead at home by her stepdad just hours after leaving her BBC Radio Shropshire station.

She had been co-hosting the 3-7pm afternoon show with Adam Green when she abruptly went off the air shortly before 5pm.

An inquest heard how she told BBC colleagues she needed “a break” before she returned to her home on Woodcote Way, in Shrewsbury, Shrops.

But her step-father Lee Holyoake, 64, later discovered Vicki’s lifeless body at around 8.15pm after he went round to fix her cooker along with her 73-year-old mum Beryl.

He climbed in through an open window after getting no answer when he tried knocking the door and performed CPR until paramedics arrived.

“My conclusion is Victoria did do the act that led to her death”

Shropshire Coroner John Ellery

Tragically, nothing could be done to save the popular broadcaster and she was pronounced dead at 8.21pm.

Shropshire Coroners Court heard divorced Vicki had made two previous attempts to take her life and had suffered from depression.

In the days leading up to her death, she had retweeted posts about inner demons and mental health issues.

She also shared links to the Samaritans’ hotline number and wrote about “hurtful gossip” saying: “Gossip is rarely kind, positive or encouraging.

“It’s corrosive, hurtful and normally has nothing to do with you,” she wrote.

“You don’t need to be part of it. Say no thanks and move away.”

Today Shropshire Coroner John Ellery concluded Vicki died as a result of suicide.

He said: “My conclusion is Victoria did do the act that led to her death.

“She intended to kill herself, and that leads me to the inevitable conclusion of suicide.

“This is a tragic case for her family and our condolences are and must be with her children.”

During the inquest a statement from Vicki’s family was read out, saying: “We still cannot believe that Vicki’s not here.

“Her zest for life was infectious, she was a wonderful mother and daughter and her charm brought a smile to all those who knew her.

“She could light up a room.

“While we will always miss her we want to remember and celebrate everything that she achieved which is why in the spring we are planning a memorial celebration of her life.

“But in the meantime we want to thank everyone for their support and kindness helping us through our immeasurable loss.”

David Jennings, Head of the BBC’s regional programmes, West Midlands, said in a statement afterwards: “We are heartbroken at Vicki’s death.

“Everyone here at Radio Shropshire respected her as a great presenter and journalist, but so much more than that we loved the sense of fun she brought to her shows and the station.

“Her loss leaves a huge void. Our thoughts are with her family at this sad time.”

For confidential support call the Samaritans in the UK on 116 123 or visit a local Samaritans branch.