Ryan Myers killed himself after struggling with a gambling addiction. Now, his family are fighting adverts that lure people back in
John Myers opens up his son Ryan’s email account. Among the junk and spam, one message stands out. “A £5 Casino bonus is waiting for you – go grab it!” it reads. Promotional adverts from betting companies are regularly sent to Ryan, which infuriates his father. Two years ago, Ryan killed himself after struggling with a secret gambling addiction. But still the emails come.
A few days before his death, Ryan, 27, was on holiday with his family in Turkey. He was his “usual happy, bubbly” self, John recalls. But shortly after his return home, an ominous message appeared on Ryan’s Facebook wall. “I am so so sorry, I didn’t mean to let anyone down,” he had written. His family were baffled.