The death of leading international UFO expert, Paul Vigay, is a mystery, a coroner has admitted, after he drowned without leaving a suicide note.
The 44 year-old, who worked on the 2002 Mel Gibson film Signs, was discovered floating in the sea off the coast of Portsmouth, Hants, in February last year.
Mr Vigay, a leading figure internationally on the research of UFOs and crop circles, had split up with girlfriend Andrea Smith on the night of his death, Portsmouth Coroners Court heard.
Miss Smith, who shared a final meal with her former boyfriend before his death, told the hearing: “It was not aggressive. It was just emotional.
“He was crying, I was crying. I said, ‘this is it’.
“I think it has come to the end of the line now.”
She added: “He went out and I said ‘you promise me you come home’ (and) he said, ‘it is not important now’.”
The hearing heard there was no suspicious circumstances, no sign of struggle on Paul’s body and only a small quantity of alcohol.
Mr Vigay, who was £10,000 pounds in debt, had left a note in his house to Andrea saying “I Love You” and a list of computer passwords and his phone code.
When police and family attempted to use them, however, they did not work.
His father, John, told the inquest: “He had very firm beliefs and he would stick to them.
“He did not believe in suicide.”
Coroner David Horsley, who recorded an open verdict, said: “I cannot say beyond reasonable doubt that yes Paul has taken his own life.
“The only person who could tell us what was going on in his mind and what happened that night is sadly not here to tell us.”