Ireland: Model Deirdre Lynch Dies from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome
By Hannah Osborne | December 12, 2012 2:34 AM EST
An aspiring model has died from sudden adult death syndrome while she was at work at the Eco restaurant in Cork.
Deidre Lynch, 20, died suddenly and was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at hospital despite efforts by paramedics.
Lynch featured in an Irish "Model of the Future" competition at University College Cork where she was a second-year arts student.
She had appeared in a number of magazines and newspapers working as a model.
David Halpin, manager of Eco restaurant, said: "It is devastating for everyone, particularly the manner in which it happened.
"She was talking one minute and the next she collapsed. When somebody that age collapses you think it is epilepsy or diabetes. You don't think it is her heart. You don't expect this."
Lynch is survived by her parents, sister, Kate, and grandmother, Brenda.
Kate Lynch wrote a statement on behalf of the family on Facebook: "As everyone can understand, my family and I are going through a very tough time right now.
"We would like to say we appreciate the messages so far but would like to ask people to refrain from posting on her wall for the time being. Thank you very much for your support and well wishes."
Eco was closed as a mark of respect on the day following her death. In a statement the restaurant said: "We are shocked and deeply saddened at the death of our beautiful friend and colleague Deirdre. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family."
A spokeswoman from the Christ the King Secondary School, where Deidre was a former student, said: "She was an amazing girl. She epitomised all that was good about the school.
"She was a former head girl and led by example. She was an amazing person who was very supportive to other students. We are all devastated at the loss of a shining light."
The British Heart Foundation said that approximately three young people die unexpectedly from sudden arrhythmic death syndrome (Sads) every week.
Sads occurs when the rhythm of the heartbeat is disrupted.
It is believed Sads was the cause of Lynch's death although investigations are ongoing.
To contact the editor, e-mail:
Join the Conversation
- US Police Release Video Of Officers Shooting 12-Year-Old Tamir Rice
- US Toddler, 3, Shoots Mother To Death With 9mm Handgun
- UFO Falling 'Angel Hair' Strands Spotted By Portugal Residents [VIDEO]
- Pregnant Kate Middleton Has 'Uncanny Ability,' Described As 'Posh' During Public Appearances
- NSW Girl, 12, Takes Wheel of Mazda MX5 & Saves Lives After Father Suffers Heart Attack
- 5 Proofs Russia is Geared-Up for Shooting War with U.S. and Can Win Future Nuclear Showdown
- Target’s ‘Surprise Doorbusters’ Black Friday 2014 Deals On TV Sets, Entertainment Centres, DVD Players And More
- IKEA Black Friday 2014 Ad Includes Discounts On Home Furnishings, Appliances, Kitchen Designs, Beds, Sofas, Mattresses And Toys
- T-Mobile’s Black Friday 2014 Deals On Apple iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy Note 4/Edge, Nexus 6, HTC One M8, LG G3, iPad Air 2 And Mini 3
- ISIS Drug Transit From Afghanistan To Europe Confirmed By Russia: Money Goes Into Terror Funding And In New Recruitments
- ISIS Kidnaps Iraqi Defence Minister’s Family, Executes Female Parliament Candidates
- Bill Clinton At It Again, Caught By Camera In Jerusalem Peeking At Woman’s Breast