Trinny Woodall's ex-husband 'committed suicide' in 50ft plunge


The ex-husband of TV presenter Trinny Woodall killed himself by falling from a shopping centre car park and taking a "potentially fatal" amount of codeine.

Ms Woodall, best-known for the television programme What Not To Wear, described Johnny Elichaoff, 55, as "a much loved brother, father and husband", an inquest heard.

Mr Elichaoff, a former drummer and music manager, died after falling from a 50ft high ledge at Whiteleys in Bayswater, London, on November 12, 2014.

In an emotional statement read to the inquest by her brother, Mark Woodall, Miss Woodall said her ex-husband had lived with "debilitating" pain after a motorbike crash.

The statement said: "Even in his darkest moments he was always there for those that needed him, as a parent, brother, son and spouse, with unconditional love and support.

"He was unconditionally kind, he never spoke ill of other people, he was heartfelt in his advice and had the ability to always make people feel better.

"As a result of a motorbike accident in his thirties, he lived with chronic pain that debilitated his life on a daily basis and made it impossible for him not to re-engage with his previous addiction.

"Not a day goes by that his family do not think of him and how utterly tragic was his passing."

Around 800 people attended the funeral of Mr Elichaoff, who has a 12-year-old daughter, Lyla, with Miss Woodall, and a son, Zak, from a previous marriage. 

On the day of his death, emergency services were called to reports of a man who had fallen onto the road.

A post-mortem examination revealed that he had taken a high level of drugs, including the "potentially fatal" amount of codeine.

During the inquest at Westminster Coroner's Court, assistant coroner Russell Caller concluded that Mr Elichaoff had taken his own life and that the causes of his death were "multiple traumatic injuries, multiple drug use, and suicide".

He said: "The message from Mr Elichaoff's former wife touched my heart. He was a man who was incredibly engaging and loving towards everyone he met."