British reality star Jasmine Burkitt has died at the age of 28.
Burkitt, known to friends and loved ones as Jazz, is best known for her 2011 four-part documentary series on BBC Three, Little teen, bigger worldwhere she gave viewers an insight into her life as a teenager with dwarfism.
Her heartbroken fiancé, Lewis Burke, confirmed the news of her passing on social media earlier this week, writing: “She is the most amazing person to ever walk this planet, she is the strongest, funniest, kindest, and purely decent I’ve ever met. known.
“I am truly devastated. She changed my life forever and I will never be the same again.”
According to multiple media outlets, Burkitt’s grandfather, Norman Burkitt, said she was found dead in a tent where she had been living with Burke in a Welsh forest.
Burke, at the time of his death, was in hospital undergoing heart surgery, and Burkitt’s grandfather said Burke’s mother found his body.
“We don’t know what caused this,” his grandfather said, according to multiple media outlets, at the family’s home in Colwyn Bay, north Wales.
“The coroner called us to say there will be an autopsy. They were living in this store because they couldn’t get a house.”
Burkitt’s grandfather said it highlighted the “desperate” housing situation in Wales, and how Burke and Burkitt were unable to get public housing together, as they were from two different parts of Wales, so they reportedly did not consider each other. partner. They had reportedly bought a caravan together and planned to turn it into a house.
He called his granddaughter a “fantastic girl” who was “so smart and bright” and emphasized her love of drawing as well as her success on television.
“It broke all kinds of audience records on the BBC and won two awards,” he said. “This has shattered us, we haven’t slept. We will all miss her.”
Burkitt rose to fame alongside her mother Beverly Burkitt, who also had dwarfism and died in 2014, due to BBC Three docuseries. Little teen, bigger world (2011). Take a look at a snippet from the show above.
The series followed Burkitt, who was 3 feet 11 inches (approximately 1.2 meters), for 12 months, including as she turned 17, traveled to New York City, the experience of being harassed and injured as a result in the school and process to locate her biological father.
When the show was filmed, Burkitt was a registered caregiver for her mother, who died of lung and breathing problems in 2014. Both women had an undiagnosed form of dwarfism, and doctors were unable to find a cause.
Burkitt’s grandfather revealed that she had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and had previously been an inpatient and outpatient of a mental health ward for “quite a while.”
She also said she had a problem with a heart valve and as a result was taking three different types of medication, which were “very difficult for her” and meant she had to go to a hospital every six months for a check-up. .
Burkitt told him Instagram followers in January had been hospitalized due to her physical and mental health, but also that she was anxious to reunite with her fiancé and their dog, Loki, at her home.
A cause of death is not yet known.
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