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04th Oct 2022

BBC reality TV star Jazz’s cause of death confirmed after she was found unconscious in tent

Tobi Akingbade

She was found “unresponsive” in June

Reality TV star Jasmine Burkitt had an antipsychotic drug in her system when she died, an inquest has heard.

The star, who appeared in BBC Three reality show Small Teen Bigger World over 10 years ago, is also known as Jazz.

The 3ft 11ins-tall star appeared on the documentary alongside her mum Bev, who passed away in 2014, as she wanted to share how her life was just like a regular teenagers despite being born with dwarfism.

The 28-year-old from Conwy, North Wales won a legion of fans following her stint on TV and even went on to publish her autobiography in 2013.

She tragically passes away in June this year and an inquest into her health has opened where it was heard that Jazmine had been living in a tent and she had suffered a decline in her mental health.

She was found “unresponsive” on 12 June and efforts to resuscitate her failed, The Daily Post reports.

Post-mortem toxicology reports found that levels of the drug quetiapine – which can be used to treat conditions like schizophrenia, depression and bipolar – were present.

Cardiac failure has been listed as Jasmine’s provisional cause of death, but a full inquest is set to take place at a later date following further investigations, the publication reported from the hearing in Ruthin, North Wales.

Jasmine’s fiancé Lewis Burke announced the sad news of her passing back in June.

At the time of her death, her devastated husband-to-be wrote his tribute: “She is the most incredible human that ever walked this planet, she is the strongest, funniest, most kindest and purely decent person I’ve ever known.

“I am truly devastated. She changed my life forever and I’ll never be the same.”

He said in a tribute to his late fiancée on Monday it was hard to fathom how much his life had changed in just one year.

“Everything has changed,” he said.

Shortly after her death, he shared a sweet picture with Ms Burkitt and their dog, Loki, smiling inside their tent.

“What am I supposed to do without you?” he wrote alongside the photograph.

“Living with loss is the hardest thing I or anyone will ever have to do, especially when it’s your soul mate.

“I have no real idea how to cope with it all and I’m not okay. It eats me up inside and it’s all I think about all day, everyday.

“It is all a part of life, it’s the hardest part of life but a part nevertheless. We’re all going to die and it happens quicker than we’d like.”

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