Oxford University student described as ‘promising’ and ‘talented’ is found dead in Leigh Woods near Bristol

Victor Altherr, aged 21, was studying law

A high-flying Oxford University student found dead in woodland on the outskirts of Bristol took his own life, an inquest concluded.

Victor Altherr was discovered in Leigh Woods on November 5, the inquest at Avon Coroners Court on Tuesday (February 8) heard.

The 21-year-old, who was originally from Germany, had moved to Bristol with his twin brother where he achieved four A and A* A-Levels at St Brendan’s College in Brislington before landing a place at Oxford University.

He had completed the second year of a law degree, studying at the University’s Hertford College, and was on a gap year back in the city, living in Bishopsworth, at the time of his death.

The College’s Junior Common Room has raised more than £1,200 for men’s mental health programmes in Victor’s memory.

A post on the fundraising page said: “Victor’s death has acted as yet another staunch reminder of the need to challenge the stigma around men’s mental health in our communities, so that nobody continues to suffer in silence.”

A spokesperson for Hertford College said: “Victor was a promising student and talented member of the chess team.

“The news of his death was incredibly sad for all of us.

“We are proud of the commitment our student body has shown to honouring Victor’s memory and offer our deepest condolences to his family.

“Out of respect for them we will be making no further comment at this time.”

Area coroner concluded that Mr Altherr had died from suicide by hanging.

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