FAMILY and friends paid tribute today to fun-loving Sade Russell who was found dead at her South Yorkshire home aged just 21 - describing her as the ‘life and soul of the party’.
Two local men, aged 53 and 33, who were arrested after the former Wales High School pupil was found dead on Sunday, have been released on police bail.
Paramedics and police were called to Sade’s home in Addison Square, Dinnington, near Rotherham, after she returned from a night out.
Sade’s shocked aunt Michelle Russell, aged 46, told The Star: “She was a really bubbly girl - she loved going out partying and enjoying herself.
“Her favourite word was ‘buzzin’ - she was always going round saying that.
“She was the life and soul of the party - she was never down.”
Michelle, who lives in The Crescent, Dinnington, round the corner from Sade’s home, said her niece had been thrilled to become an auntie to her own sister Mellisa’s little boy, Leo, three months ago.
“She loved him to bits,” she said. “She absolutely spoilt him.”
She said the family - Sade’s dad Wayne and mum, also Michelle, and other sister Jasmine - were in shock over her sudden death.
“What has actually happened is still really unknown,” she said.
“We know she went to a 30th birthday party that night and then something has happened later on.
“We’re all still in shock and trying to come to terms with it all. We can’t quite believe it really.”
Bouquets of flowers have been laid outside the family home, including tributes saying Sade would be ‘sadly missed’.
Near neighbour John Jackson, aged 34, said: “No-one really knows what has happened but obviously it’s really tragic when a young person dies.
“She was a nice young girl. She was always bubbly and having a laugh.”
Another male neighbour said: “She will be sadly missed. She used to brighten up everybody’s day with her bubbly banter.”
And a female neighbour added: “She was a bubbly lass, a really nice young girl.”
Dinnington councillor Simon Tweed said he was ‘utterly shocked’ by the news.
“This is a tragic loss of young life,” he said.
“It comes as a shock when anything like this happens.
“Our thoughts go out to the families affected. It has got to be a tragic loss.”
A post mortem examination carried out at Sheffield’s Medico Legal Centre proved inconclusive and police are now awaiting the outcome of further toxicology tests.
Police are continuing their inquiries into the circumstances surrounding Sade’s death, and are appealing for anyone with information or anyone who may have seen Sade to call them on 01709 832 256.