A 16-year-old girl has died from a suspected cardiac arrest hours after allegedly taking ecstasy.
Sky Nicol, of Darwen, Lancashire, who has been praised by her school as a ‘well-liked girl with a big personality’, was found unconscious before dying at Royal Blackburn Hospital.
Police believe the girl had taken drugs earlier on Wednesday night - but say they cannot confirm if there is any link to her death because a post-mortem examination is yet to be carried out.
A 16-year-old girl was later arrested on suspicion of being concerned in ecstasy supply, while a 46-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of obstructing the course of justice. Both are in custody but have not been charged.
Sky’s father David, 38, said: ‘You don’t expect to be burying your daughter. This has come as a huge shock to me and the rest of the family.
‘When I turned up at the hospital I thought that I would see her and that she would be OK, but that’s when I was told that there was nothing else that the doctors could do for her - and she passed away shortly afterwards.
Nicols father said
'It’s still very raw for me and it’s still sinking in that she is gone. I’m struggling to come to terms with what’s happened.’
The pub landlord told the Lancashire Telegraph that it was ‘out of character’ for his daughter to have used ecstasy, but hoped that her death would make others ‘think twice’ before taking it.