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Bexleyheath Academy schoolgirl dies from suspected epileptic fit

PUBLISHED: 11:15 06 June 2013 | UPDATED: 16:51 06 June 2013

Jamie-Leigh Lynch

Jamie-Leigh Lynch

Archant

A Bexleyheath Academy student had collapsed and died from a suspected epileptic fit.

Year 11 student Jamie-Leigh Lynch, 15, was rushed to King’s College Hospital in Denmark Hill but passed away yesterday evening.

Principal Carl Wakefield said: “Jamie-Leigh Lynch was a fantastic, warm-hearted girl who made everyone who knew her happy with her brilliant sense of humour.

“She had many excellent friendships here. Jamie loved life, participating in events, school trips and was addicted to sport and working in P E.

“She will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her. Our thoughts and prayers are very much with her family and friends at this very difficult and challenging time.”

The tragedy comes just four months after fellow Bexleyheath Academy pupil Philip Lamin collapsed and died from a cardiac arrest while playing football.

Tributes poured in for Jamie-Leigh on Twitter as the news broke.

@chloemunson said: “RIP Jamie-Leigh Lynch, my best friend, sleep tight girl. Never forgotten.”

@Anastasiaaz added: “I can’t believe this, RIP Jamie Leigh Lynch.”

Epilepsy Action Kent’s Lauren Wynn said: “I would like to offer my heart felt condolences to the family and school for their loss at this very sad time.”

Charity Young Epilepsy organised an event at Bexleyheath Academy last year, and James Hunt said on their behalf: “We were extremely saddened to hear of the death of Jamie-Leigh Lynch and we would like to offer our deepest condolences to her family, friends and teachers at this difficult time.

“It’s tragic that more than 1,000 people die from epilepsy every year, yet in half of all cases the cause of death remains unknown.”

Did you know Jamie-Leigh? Send your condolences to robin.cottle@archant.co.uk, tweet @BexleyTimes or call 0208 477 3858.

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