13-year-old schoolgirl collapses and dies of 'MDMA toxicity' after taking ecstasy at home
A 13-year-old schoolgirl who died at home suddenly after falling ill had reportedly overdosed on ecstasy, according to a post-mortem released on Friday.
The girl, identified as Eboney Cheshire, was rushed to the hospital at 11:40 pm in December after police and paramedics were called to her home in Rainhall, Merseyside, UK.
Authorities had previously released a statement saying that Eboney's cause of death was "unexplained", however, a Home Office report found that the teenager died because there was an excess amount of MDMA in her system.
A police spokesperson said: "We can confirm a Home Office post mortem has confirmed the cause of death of Eboney Cheshire, 13, from Rainhill, who died on 3 December. The [report] determined the cause of death as Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) toxicity."
Officials said that an investigation into her death was still ongoing, according to the Daily Mail.
Shortly after her death, tributes flooded in for the Rainhill High School student, including from her heartbroken mother Kerry Williams and her brother Leon Cheshire. Eboney was laid to rest at St Bartholemew's Church in Rainhill on January 2.
"My beautiful baby girl, I love you with all my heart. I am broken and can't think of a life without you. I don't want to see tomorrow, I just want you back in my arms," Eboney's mother had said.
"You are my best friend, so funny, full of character and so popular. I'm broken without you and our lives will never, ever be the same. Your mummy is heartbroken. I hope you realise how much I love you and how I would have swapped places with you in a heartbeat. I begged them baby girl, but they wouldn't let me," Williams added.
While Eboney's brother Leon said: "The hardest thing in the world is losing someone you love. I will never forget early hours on December 2 when I lost my beautiful sister. I promise whoever is reading this and I've told people the same thing, no matter what the relationship is between brother, sister etc show them that you love them. Spend as much time with them as possible, if they pay no interest make sure they understand you love them, just as much as they love you. Because people do care and I wish I [had] told my sister I loved her more than I ever did. I love [you] my little angel."