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Loving Rebecca ‘lit up our lives’ - family’s tribute to Farlingaye High School pupil

The inquest was held at Beacon House, Ipswich. Picture: ADAM HOWLETT

The inquest was held at Beacon House, Ipswich. Picture: ADAM HOWLETT


A ‘thoughtful and caring’ Farlingaye High School sixth form student died after taking twice the lethal dose of prescribed migraine medication, an inquest has heard.

Rebecca De Roeper, 16, from Kettleburgh, was rushed to Ipswich Hospital on November 7 last year after admitting to her parents she had taken the tablets.

Following the inquest, her family said she ‘will forever remain at the centre of out thoughts and love’.

On the night of her death, Rebecca’s parents had gone out to dinner while the teenager stayed home to complete her homework.

“On returning home Rebecca was working on the computer and said she was feeling unwell and had taken an overdose of tablets, said assistant coroner Nigel Parsley.

“She looked very pale and while they were on the phone to the operator she was told to lay on the floor but started fitting.”

An ambulance and paramedics turned up and administered oxygen before she was taken to Ipswich Hospital where she died a few hours later.

Mr Parsley said Rebecca was often ‘a worrier’ and suffered occasional panic attacks brought by the pressure of exams and her ‘drive to be perfect’.

Mr Parsley gave a narrative conclusion to the inquest saying Rebecca died from ‘the toxic effects of a higher than safe dose of prescription medication’.

He said: “She took some pills, we will never know why, but the pills she had taken took her life away.”

Following the inquest, her family issued a statement thanking emergency services and Ipswich Hospital for caring for Rebecca and for the planned sponsored events due to place in her memory.

They said: “Our family is heartbroken.

“We remember Rebecca as the thoughtful, caring, loving girl who lit up our lives.

“She loved life, friends, family, dancing, singing and her studies at school.

“Rebecca was looking forward to learning to drive, the completion of her A-Levels and University.

“Our devastation at her death is overwhelming but is softened by the support we have received from family and friends.”

Dr Andrew Sievewright, headteacher at Farlingaye High School said: “Rebecca was an exceptional student - polite and courteous, who personified the term ‘model student’.

“She had a large group of friends, many of whom have written and spoken of her infectious laughter and how supportive she was of anyone she knew.

“We will always remember how beautifully she performed in our gym and dance shows, concerts and lower school productions, and how she always supported the school during her time here.”

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