Molly Russell’s dad reveals heartbreaking final words to daughter before her suicide

Molly Russell’s dad has shared his heartbreaking final words to his daughter before she took her own life.

Ian Russell, 59, told his 14-year-old child “see you tomorrow morning. Love you” on the evening before she died.

The next morning Molly’s mum, Janet, discovered her daughter’s body in her bedroom.

The youngster ended her life in November 2017 after viewing material linked to anxiety, depression, self-harm and suicide on social media.

Describing the night before Molly’s death, Ian told the Daily Mail: “‘It was just such a normal evening… Molly packed her schoolbag and we all got ready for bed.

“I put my head round her door and we both said: “See you tomorrow morning. Love you.” It had become a little ritual. I don’t know why.

“And those were the last words I said to her . . . that was the last time I saw her alive.”

Molly, from Harrow, London, watched I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! and Strictly Come Dancing on her final evening with her family.

The next day Ian heard his wife Janet scream in horror after she found Molly dead in her bedroom.

He dashed up the stairs and rushed into Molly’s room, despite Janet telling him “don’t go in there” as she came out.

Janet told an inquest into her daughter’s death: “I screamed and ran out of the room. Ian (Molly’s father) came upstairs and I told him not to go into the room, but he did.

“My other daughter asked what’s happened and I said: ‘It’s Molly, it’s Molly’.”

Ian picked up his daughter’s “lifeless” body and lay her on the floor of her room, before attempting CPR.

A paramedic arrived within minutes and carried out some tests while Ian continued his efforts to save Molly’s life.

The paramedic eventually told Ian he could stop as Molly was dead.

Ian said he was overwhelmed by a “numb sense of nothingness” as police arrived at the home.

When officers asked him to go downstairs, he told then “I can’t go. I can’t leave her”.

Paying tribute to his daughter at her inquest, Ian said: “It is nearly five years since Molly died.

“Five years ago, the Russell family life was unremarkable, yet imperceptibly our adorable youngest family member, Molly, had been struggling with her mental health and hiding her struggles from the rest of us while she battled her demons in the hope of finding peace.

“Five years ago, as Molly’s feelings of worthlessness grew and her sense of helplessness deepened, as ending her life seemed to her like a solution – while to us her life seemed very normal.

“It is sadly all too easy to look back and think of the torment Molly must have endured, the pain she must have experienced, and the isolation she must have felt so deeply.”

He added: “It’s all too easy to dwell on the events that led Molly to end her life.

“It’s all too easy to forget the person she really was: someone full of love and hope and happiness, a young person full of promise and opportunity and potential.”

Coroner Andrew Walker found that Molly “died from an act of self harm whilst suffering from depression and the negative effects of online content”.

In a statement after the coroner’s conclusion last month, NSPCC chief executive Sir Peter Wanless condemned what he described as Meta and Pinterest’s “abject failure” to protect Molly from content no child should ever see.

The head of health and wellbeing at Instagram’s parent company Meta and the head of community operations at Pinterest both apologised during the inquest for content Molly viewed.