Helen Nicoll: Dentist found dead at Cambridgeshire home 'took her own life'

Her husband has described the days after her death as the “worst of my life”

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A dentist who was found dead at her home in Cambridgeshire took her own life, her husband has said.

The body of Dr Helen Nicoll, 53, was discovered by police last Friday at her home in Frog End, Great Wilbraham.

A post-mortem examination has since revealed that Mrs Nicoll died from asphyxiation.

Stephen Nicoll, her husband and father of their three children, was business partners with his wife at a private dental practice in Hurst Park, Cambridge.

The 53-year-old, who also worked at a dentist on upmarket Harley Street in London, was arrested by Cambridgeshire Police on suspicion of murder and then released without charge. Police have said he will face no further action.

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Helen Nicoll took her life, her husband has said (Image: Hurst Park Dental Practice)

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Wife of Harley Street dentist Dr Helen Nicoll died of asphyxiation

In a statement released today Mr Nicoll has described the last few days as the "worst of my life."

"Nobody can understand the true loss that my children and I have experienced following the discovery that my wife Helen has taken her own life."

He continued: "We have fully co-operated with the police investigation and the matter has now been referred to the coroner.

"Whatever questions remain surrounding the circumstances of Helen's death, I would ask everybody, particularly the media, to respect our privacy and allow us to come to terms with our devastating loss and to begin the grieving process as a family following this tragedy."

His solicitor Paul Oliver, from Stokoe Partnership, said Mr Nicoll’s arrest "in the immediate aftermath of the death of his beloved wife" and the subsequent media interest had "compounded the distress caused to him and his family.

“The police have confirmed Mr Nicoll is not a suspect and he and his family now ask that their right to grieve in private be respected," he added.

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