The universal indicator of happiness, Larry, took his own life after a long battle with depression, a Coroner's Court has ruled.
Despite maintaining a front of happiness for several years, Larry was, in fact, suffering great personal anguish after going through a messy and financially ruinous divorce, being diagnosed with bowel cancer and suffering an horrific accident involving a clarinet stand which left him severely paralysed down his left side.
His recent arrest and trial for alleged historical sex offences further took its toll on him and his cheerful facade faded so much that he was eventually sacked from his job as an SI unit of happiness late last year. His body was found a few days later in woodland a short distance from his recently repossessed home.
Following his death, the Similes And Aphorisms Appointment Board have invited applications for Larry's old job, with a pig in a particularly unclean sty in Devon touted as an early favourite to take over the role.