Shockwaves on Social Media as Rising UK Model Suddenly Dies at 21

Lawrence Kim
October 17, 2018

A 21-year-old model from Belfast, Northern Ireland, died on the evening of 15 October just 10 months after losing her mom to bowel cancer.

The model, who was also known as Mairead Leigha, wrote "might go off the rails this weekend" and asked her followers to vote "yes" or "no" if they thought boys were "d--".

Mairéad was seen by thousands modelling in Belfast Fashion Week and worked at the latest Carl Frampton fight in Belfast. She hit an impasse last night and today she is not here to talk to.

"Rest in Peace Mairead", model agency boss Cathy Martin, who worked with O'Neill for six years, told Belfast Live.

Police say they are not treating the death as suspicious. "She was just getting used to being lovely and powerful in that way".

Friends of Northern Ireland model, Mairead O'Neill, who passed away suddenly at the beginning of the week, have launched an online fundraising page to help her family with funeral costs.


Mairead had worked for the agency since she was 16 and had "loads of potential", she added.

'Mairead is survived by her brother Brendan and sister Bronagh who both have three lovely children each.

Her model agency boss has said she was a "vivacious" and "lovely young girl" but that she was "hurting" after her mother's tragic death.

"These kids have no means of affording a funeral, and the last thing they need is a funeral bill on top of their doubly painful heartbreak".

Mairead O'Neill, a young model, has died shortly after her mother died from a battle with cancer.

"I'm hoping that with people's help we can make it a tiny bit easier". "It's so sad to think that she's gone now too". "But what was most charming about her is that she really had no idea that she had the world at her feet".

And having received several messages commenting on Mairead's beauty, Cathy was keen to highlight that "looks have absolutely zero" to do with mental health.

Appealing for support, Julie said that the situation was "extra hard for two siblings that are already grieving and missing the rock of their family".

Details of Mairead's funeral had not been released at the time of going to press.

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