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Bodyguard: Russian oligarch Berezovsky seemed a 'broken man' before apparent suicide last year

Boris Berezovsky's bodyguard says the Russian oligarch seemed to be a broken man and had discussed killing himself before his apparent suicide last year.

Avi Navama told a coroner's inquest Wednesday that Berezovsky's mood plummeted after he lost a highly publicized billion-pound legal dispute with fellow Russian tycoon Roman Abramovich.

He said Berezovsky seemed depressed and "very low" at the time. Berezovsky's body was found slumped on the floor at his ex-wife's home last March.

Police said the death was "consistent with hanging" and that there was no sign of a struggle.

Berezovsky was a one-time Kremlin insider who had become a harsh critic of Russian leaders. He was living in Britain in self-imposed exile at the time of his death.

The inquest is expected to last two days.