21-Year-Old Cheerleader Was Discovered Hanged In Her Room At Durham University


21-year-old cheerleader, who hung herself,  has been acknowledged by her household as ‘beautiful and funny’ 18 months after her loss.

Alexandra Wilshaw, 21, of Bourne, Lincolnshire, was found hanged in her pupil room at Durham College earlier than dying quickly after in hospital.

The assistant librarian – who was in a cheerleading squad and had a boyfriend, Matt – had been going by anxiousness however had not unveiled indicators of despair.

Neither pals nor kinfolk believed Miss Wilshaw was suicidal, however she was found hanged in her room earlier than being taken to Durham Hospital and declared lifeless on March 18 final yr.

Her mom Carol Fowkes, 51, mentioned to Lincolnshire Stay: ‘It was 4 am when I listened to a knock on the door. The police came with my ex-husband. They informed me that she was in intensive care.’

Ms. Fowkes and her ex-husband hurried to the hospital however nothing might be finished to guard their daughter – her solely little one – who was pronounced mind lifeless.

The expertise audit supervisor added: ‘She was actually vibrant. Actually completely satisfied – she actually did care about folks. She did some tutoring in maths to GCSE college students.

‘She was in a cheerleading squad. Alexandra was a bubbly and friendly girl – she was really very loud and funny. And she was beautiful.’

Miss Wilshaw’s loss of life was listed as a suicide at an inquest in July 2018, which additionally found that she was revisiting counseling and had tried to kill herself earlier.

Ms. Fowkes added: ‘We by no means knew there was something flawed. She was appropriately effective after we talked to her over Facetime.

‘I would question her if anything was incorrect and she would tell me that she was OK – she’d look completely satisfied. You simply wouldn’t have understood – she held all of it to herself.’

Ms. Fowkes has since arrange ‘Alexandra’s Consciousness Marketing campaign’ with the college, which goals to lift cash in direction of suicide prevention.

Miss Wilshaw was described in a tribute by the college final yr as a pupil who ‘experienced life with beauty and intensity, and she was loved by many’.