Prankster, 26, died trying to trick girlfriend when he accidentally hanged himself

A serial prankster accidentally killed himself when trying to fool his girlfriend into thinking he had been hanged, an inquest heard.

Danny Munro, 26, died three days after strangling himself with his tracksuit bottoms in Bignall End, Staffordshire. 

His girlfriend Amy Leaman, who had previously warned him against ‘crying wolf’, initially dismissed her boyfriend’s hanging as another joke and the true horror only dawned on her when he was unresponsive to her pleas and his face turned blue. 

Despite dashing downstairs to grab a saw in a desperate attempt to cut him loose, she was too late and Mr Munro died in hospital.  

Danny Munro, 26, died three days after accidentally strangling himself with his tracksuit bottoms in Bignall End, Staffordshire

Danny Munro, 26, died three days after accidentally strangling himself with his tracksuit bottoms in Bignall End, Staffordshire

Danny Munro, 26, died three days after accidentally strangling himself with his tracksuit bottoms in Bignall End, Staffordshire

North Staffordshire Coroner's Court heard supermarket worker Mr Munro 'loved winding up' girlfriend Amy Leaman (left)

North Staffordshire Coroner's Court heard supermarket worker Mr Munro 'loved winding up' girlfriend Amy Leaman (left)

North Staffordshire Coroner’s Court heard supermarket worker Mr Munro ‘loved winding up’ girlfriend Amy Leaman (left)

North Staffordshire Coroner’s Court heard supermarket worker Mr Munro ‘loved winding up’ girlfriend and his family and friends. 

On one occasion he squirted ketchup on himself, pretending to have been stabbed, and another time he faked anaphylactic shock after eating nuts while driving.

Then, on August 1 last year, Amy again thought Mr Munro was just doing another of his pranks and rolled her eyes at him when she noticed him messing around.

But she soon realised something was seriously wrong as he turned blue, and ran to the kitchen to grab a saw to cut him down.

Amy called 999 but Port Vale fan Mr Munro lost his fight for life at the Royal Stoke University Hospital on August 4.

Amy told the inquest: ‘A few weeks before he put tomato sauce on himself and told me that he’d stabbed himself but I could smell tomato sauce and realised it was a prank.

His pranks included  squirting ketchup on himself, pretending to have been stabbed, and another time he faked anaphylactic shock after eating nuts while driving

His pranks included  squirting ketchup on himself, pretending to have been stabbed, and another time he faked anaphylactic shock after eating nuts while driving

His pranks included  squirting ketchup on himself, pretending to have been stabbed, and another time he faked anaphylactic shock after eating nuts while driving

‘Then we had a conversation about the boy who cries wolf.

‘On August 1 we’d just got in from shopping and we were actually on a health kick but we decided we were going to have a cheat night and had bought hot dogs.

‘He had been watching boxing interviews in the front room and then I just started watching my programme and he said he was going upstairs to watch one of his programmes.

‘We didn’t have an argument it was a playful thing and he was smiling. Then I started making a roll up and as I looked up he’s picked up his tracksuit bottoms and stood in front of the stairs.

‘I thought he was joking, that’s how he got attention and the laughs. He did it for the shock factor. That’s what he did to make people laugh.

‘As soon as he did it I got up and shouted him and said come on now and he didn’t say anything or do anything.

Amy called 999 but Port Vale fan Mr Munro lost his fight for life at the Royal Stoke University Hospital on August 4

Amy called 999 but Port Vale fan Mr Munro lost his fight for life at the Royal Stoke University Hospital on August 4

Amy called 999 but Port Vale fan Mr Munro lost his fight for life at the Royal Stoke University Hospital on August 4

‘So I punched him and smacked him. I was screaming at him and I said ‘it’s not funny now’ then I stood back and his face was blue.

‘I ran into the kitchen and got a saw and ran back in and I cut it two times and then he fell and he gasped then.’

The inquest heard Amy had worked with Mr Munro at Morrisons and insisted he ‘loved life’.

Amy said: ‘He never talked to me about intentionally hurting himself, he loved life. Especially on that day he was just really happy when I asked if he wanted to have a cheat day.’

A post-mortem examination gave a cause of death due to massive brain swelling from compression to the neck.

Speaking at the inquest, Danny’s mum Alison Rigby described him as someone who ‘would light up a room’.

Alison said: ‘Danny was always a joker. He had an amazing sense of humour he just had that much of a big personality.

'Danny was always a joker. He had an amazing sense of humour he just had that much of a big personality', said his mum, Alison

'Danny was always a joker. He had an amazing sense of humour he just had that much of a big personality', said his mum, Alison

‘Danny was always a joker. He had an amazing sense of humour he just had that much of a big personality’, said his mum, Alison

‘It wouldn’t make sense for anybody else but if you know Danny it’s him down to a tee. If there was an opportunity to have a giggle then he would make you giggle.

‘He never complained about anything, he took things as they came, he wouldn’t sit and worry about stuff.’

Senior coroner Andrew Barkley recorded a conclusion of death by misadventure.

Mr Barkley said: ‘He had no significant medical history and no evidence of depression. 

‘He has been described to me as a practical joker who liked to shock.

‘Nothing caused his partner cause for concern and there was nothing unusual about the way he was behaving.

‘The circumstances are very unusual and this appears to be a prank which has gone wrong and led to the death of Mr Munro.

‘I don’t find this is a case of suicide. He died as a result of misadventure.’ 

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