Mairead O’Neill, who has been struggling with grief following her mother’s passing, died after hanging out with friends on Monday night, the reasons of her death are still unclear.
According to British media reports, emergency services were unable to save the 21-year-old model from Belfast after she was found unconscious.
“We don’t know exactly what happened but she has been having a very difficult time following the death of her mum from bowel cancer. She had a lot of support but her heart was broken. It’s so sad to think that she is gone now too. She hit an impasse last night and today she is not here to talk to. Rest in Peace Mairead,” model agency boss Cathy Martin, who worked with O’Neill for six years, told Belfast Live.
Her passing has sent shockwaves throughout social media, with users who had been supporting her following the tragic loss of her mother commenting on the reports:
This story sadly highlights that mental health issues can come from a tragic loss. Only goes to show that everyone can feel lost in life. https://t.co/ZZtbQ3JPkU— God Damn, I love these peaches (@ThatGuyGraham79) 16 октября 2018 г.
That’s so sad, thoughts go out to her family.— Donna Teggarty (@Doonabel_T) 16 октября 2018 г.
Irish model Mairead O'Neill dies suddenly aged 21. This is so sad. RIP Young lady https://t.co/pXzVEwV5Xn— Helena C (@RuthHelenaC) 16 октября 2018 г.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the Police Service of Northern Ireland has said: “Police attended the scene of a sudden death of a woman in the south Belfast area on October 15. The death is not being treated as suspicious.”