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A lonely plasterer was egged on to hang himself by internet ghouls in a chatroom where members insult each other, users have claimed.Gregory Tomkins live-streamed his death on Christmas Day using US video chat service Paltalk.A coroner described him as being 'goaded' into his death.The software is used by more than 7 million people worldwide has been blasted in the past for helping terrorists to communicate.And the gamble has appeared to pay off for Mr Lerner financially however being the director of a company which has been at the centre of controversy cannot be easy.

But users of the room have told Mail Online in the days leading up to his death, he was taunted by other members.

One anonymous user said at the time: 'He tied a rope around an uncovered ceiling joist and stood on the chair as he tied the rope around his neck.'Some of us chatroom users, talking to Kevin over text chat, microphones and video tried to convince him to step down, but others egged him on telling him to get on with it.'We just couldn't believe he was doing it - it was surreal.

Mr Whitrick was divorced and left behind two children. Mr Whitrick was told to '****ing do it' and to 'get on with it' when he logged in.

Online contacts described Gregory, a regular to the site, as a 'lovely soul', but said the internet chatroom where you got to get insulted was 'not the place for him'.

He is thought to have joined the chatroom in the early hours of Christmas Day but instead of speaking, as he usually did, he was silent.

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