A heartbroken wife has spoken of the pain of losing her husband to the "monster" of gambling addictions.
In March Jowan Evans, from Cornwall , took his own life after struggling with a secret addiction to betting .
At the time his wife, Lucie, issued a desperate plea after he went missing – only for his body to be found in woodlands after an extensive police search.
Four months on Mrs Evans has shared a powerful message to urge those suffering with similar demons to seek help, Cornwall Live reported .
The grieving wife, who described Mr Evans as the "perfect" husband, added that nobody knew of his gambling addiction before his death.
A fundraising appeal has been launched in his memory, which will help her to support their three young sons.
Mrs Evans said: “This is extremely difficult to share with the world due to the painful circumstances surrounding us as a family.
“As many of you know our much loved Jowan sadly took his own life in March 2019 at the young age of 32, leaving a huge hole in all of our lives.
“Jowan’s website has been set up to not only raise funds for his three beautiful boys’ future education; supported by Kevin Evans Jowan’s father, who is taking part in the rally race in September travelling from UK to Pompeii, but to also raise awareness surrounding mental health.
“Jowan tragically had a gambling addiction ; hidden from his loved ones for many years. He was a hardworking and caring man, he didn’t spend his time down the bookies he spent his time with family and friends.
“He used a betting app straight from his mobile. A few clicks that’s all it takes."
Mrs Evans revealed that her husband left an apologetic note in which he likened gambling to a "monster" which had controlled him for years.
She added: “Please I am asking all of you to share and spread the word of Jowan’s story. To help others who are suffering the same way Jowan has suffered. To speak out to anyone and help change their lives around.”
Mr Evans was described by loved ones as a "hard working family man" whose death shocked his friends and family.
They also spoke of his appearance as a "strong, outgoing and happy" man who loved his wife and three boys.
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