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A 'passionate and brilliant' surgeon who dedicated his career to finding a cure for pancreatic cancer was found dead in the bath at his home after separating from his partner of 18 years.
Dr James Nicholson was upset after breaking up with his partner after she had moved to China to take up a teaching post.
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A suicide not was found at his home.
Colleagues and former patients of the 36-year-old said he was an 'amazing' doctor and that they were heartbroken for his family.
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James had worked at the Royal Liverpool Hospital and had originally joined as a general surgical trainee.
His grieving mother Pam has said that the world is now a 'darker place' without him.
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Paying tribute to her son, who was originally from Stockton-on-Tees, Pam told the inquest: 'He lit up a room when he walked into it.
'He was loved by everybody he met - 450 people attended his funeral, including friends and family who travelled from as far away as Dubai.
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'He was also a fantastic doctor and surgeon. The world is a darker place without him.'
Area coroner Anita Bhardwaj recorded a verdict of suicide. During the inquest she heard that Dr Nicholson had been upset after breaking up with his partner of 18 years, who had moved abroad to take up a teaching post in China.
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Shortly before his death, Dr Nicholson had been on a trip to the United States, but on his return to the UK had made several calls to a friend, in which he had talked about people taking their own lives and how they had been found.
Peter Williams, medical director at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: 'James Nicholson was a much loved colleague at the Royal.
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'He dedicated his short but brilliant research career toward finding a cure for pancreatic cancer.
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