Family’s grief over death of teenager

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A DEVASTATED Doncaster couple have paid tribute to their daughter after she died suddenly two days before her 16th birthday.

Lorna Taylor was found in her bed by her mum Alison Dixon when she went to wake her for a school tutor session.

Lorna, described by her family as being ‘creative’ and an ‘individual’ had just come back from Whitby Gothic Weekend with friends and had aspirations of going to Doncaster College to study art.

Stunned friends and family have been leaving tributes on a Facebook memorial page set up in Lorna’s honour.

“We want it to be a dream. We can’t explain it, it’s absolute devastation,” said 53-year-old Alison, originally from Intake, but currently living in Ealand on the Isle of Axholme.

“I tried to resuscitate her but I couldn’t. We may never know how she died. It wasn’t suicide, that’s all we know.

“It is the fourth death in our family in about five months.

“We’re devastated. Lorna was upset with the family deaths but she coped well and had learned to accept them.”

Lorna attended South Axholme School in Epworth.

Her mother said she had experienced headaches and seizures in the past but epilepsy was ruled out by doctors following hospital tests.

The night before her death Lorna had been watching television with her dad Chris Taylor and drawing, which she loved to do.

“It was like a normal night,” said her mum.

She’d had tea and we’d sat down to watch the TV.

“We were watching Never Mind The Buzzcocks because Lorna loved Noel Fielding,” said Chris, aged 49, from Hexthorpe.

More than 40 people have joined a tribute page on the Facebook social networking site entitled ‘RIP Lorna Taylor’ where they have posted messages and pictures of Lorna.

Those who went to Lorna’s funeral, at Rose Hill Crematorium in Cantley on Monday, were encouraged to wear Japanese manga-style fancy dress.

An inquest has been opened after her death on November 22 and adjourned until next year.