‘Beautiful and funny’ cheerleader, 21, found hanged in university bedroom

A grieving mother has told of her agony after her "beautiful and funny" cheerleader daughter hanged herself despite showing no signs she was suicidal.

Maths student Alexandra Wilshaw was rushed to intensive care after being discovered in her Durham University bedroom.

But tragically nothing could be done to save the 21-year-old, from Bourne in Lincolnshire. She was declared brain-dead and died last year on Monday, March 18, reports Lincolnshire Live.

Now more than a year after her death, mum Carol Fowkes, 51, has described her pain and admits she felt as if she had failed Alexandra.

"We never knew there was anything wrong," said Ms Fowkes.

"She used to be perfectly fine when we spoke to her over Facetime – I would ask her if anything was wrong and she would tell me that she was OK – she'd seem happy.

"You just wouldn't have known – she kept it all to herself. There were no signs at all."

Alexandra, who had a boyfriend, was showing no signs of depression as she prepared for the next stage of her life.

However, an inquest into her death heard that she was attending counselling sessions and had tried to kill herself previously.

Ms Fowkes added: "She had struggled with anxiety and was on anti-depressants but you would never have thought that she would have done anything like that.

"It was four o'clock in the morning when I heard a knock on the door.

"The police arrived with my ex-husband. They told me that she [Alexandra] was in intensive care in Durham Hospital."

Alexandra was "always putting others first" and even donated her organs after her death – helping to improve the lives of others.


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