BBC Journalist Found Dead With His Gay Partner
Popular BBC journalist, John Stevenson, has been found dead with his partner at his home in Aberdare, South Wales.
The veteran BBC political correspondent who rebuilt his career after alcoholism left him homeless was found dead alongside his partner in his bedroom with no signs of injuries, an inquest heard.
The alarm was raised by district nurses who had been unable to contact the journalist and police had to force their way into the property. The bodies of Mr Stevenson and his partner were found just yards apart.
A post-mortem examination by Dr Stephen Leadbeatter at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff led to the provisional cause of death being given as ‘unascertained’.
John Stevenson who was born in Bangor, Gwynedd, had worked as a journalist for over four decades. He wanted to become an MP but felt pressure as a gay man ‘to comply’.
The veteran journalist regularly broadcast from Westminster for BBC Wales before retiring in 2013. Stevenson joined the BBC in Cardiff as a researcher but left ‘under a big black cloud’ because he was an alcoholic.