Mother, 42, who took own life predicted youngest son's death

Mother-of-nine, 42, who took her own life in 2017 predicted her youngest son’s death just three years later in her suicide note, family reveal

  • Jodey Whiting, 42, from Stockton, Teesside, died 2017 after benefits were cut off
  • In a suicide note Ms Whiting wrote that her son Cory Bell ‘is gonna end up dead’ 
  • He later died from drug overdose after left unable to cope with mother’s death
  • For confidential support, call the Samaritans on 116123 or visit a local Samaritans branch. See www.samaritans.org for details

A mother-of-nine who took her own life in 2017 predicted her youngest son’s death just three years later in her suicide note, her family reveal.

Jodey Whiting, 42, from Stockton, Teesside, died from a drug overdose in 2017 after her benefits were cut off.

In a suicide note – which has since been shared by her mother Joy, 67 – Ms Whiting wrote that her son Cory Bell ‘is gonna end up dead’.

Just three years later, Mr Bell also died from a drug overdose after he was left unable to cope with the loss of his mother.


Mother-of-nine Jodey Whiting, 42, (left) who took her own life in 2017 predicted her youngest son Cory Bell’s (right) death just three years later in her suicide note, her family reveal

Joy told The Mirror: ‘In her suicide note, Jodey actually wrote: “Cory is gonna end up dead.”

‘It was as if Jodey knew that Cory was going to follow her. 

‘The first anniversary of Cory’s death is just days away and our grief is still so raw.’

Mother-of-nine Ms Whiting suffered severe back problems, including a curve in her spine, and was on medication for bipolar disorder.

She had surgery which saw doctors remove discs from her back.

Mother-of-nine Ms Whiting (left, with her family) suffered severe back problems, including a curve in her spine, and was on medication for bipolar disorder

Her mother said the cocktail of pills she was forced to take meant she slept all day.

She received a letter in 2017 informing her that all her benefits would be halted as she had failed to attend an assessment to consider if she was fit enough to work.

Ms Whiting missed the appointment as she was too ill to leave her home.

She had told the Department for Work and Pensions that she was having suicidal thoughts and was unable to cope with work – or with a job hunt.

Ms Whiting died from a drug overdose less than a week after her final Employment Support Allowance (ESA) payment came in.

Her son Cory was discovered dead in a stranger’s home after attending a party in May.

He died from a drug overdose.

For confidential support, call the Samaritans on 116123 or visit a local Samaritans branch. See www.samaritans.org for details 

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