Tributes to Ana - 'one of life's beautiful people'
Published 19/05/2015 | 02:30
Tributes have been paid to tragic teenager Ana Hick, who passed away after collapsing while on a night out with friends.
The 18-year-old from Dalkey in Co Dublin died after she suffered a suspected heart attack outside the Twisted Pepper nightclub on Dublin's Middle Abbey Street on Saturday night.
The popular film student, who would have turned 19 today, was rushed to the Mater hospital shortly after 3am.
Her devastated family were by her side when she passed away shortly after 5.30pm on Sunday.
Her father had flown from the United States to be by his only daughter's bedside.
A Garda spokesperson has said the circumstances surrounding the teenager's death are being investigated.
Officers are awaiting toxicology results amid concerns that the young woman may have taken ecstasy pills on the night she became ill.
However, they have ruled out the possibility that a bad batch or bad dose of the drug may have played any role in her death.
In a heart-wrenching tribute, Ana's mother posted a video of the pair singing a classic Disney song together on Facebook.
The video showed mum Elga and her daughter singing 'Part of Your World' from the 'Little Mermaid' soundtrack. The two could be seen smiling and laughing as they sing along to the song while in the car.
"She had an infectious laugh," said one friend, 'Fair City' actress Rachel Sarah Murphy, in a heartwarming tribute.
"Ana laughed and everybody laughed. She was the most extraordinary young girl.
"There was nothing Ana wouldn't do for you, she was just one of life's beautiful people."
The soap star said she spoke to Ana's mother and that both she and Ana's father Tim were very grateful for all the support they had been offered.
Friends posted more moving tributes on social media.
"Ana will be missed so much. I'm heartbroken. Her smile will always live in my memories. My condolences Elga. I'm so sorry," wrote Andrea Mastroddi.
Ana's school, Loreto Dalkey, also extended condolences to the teenager's family, friends and class of 2014.
"Today is such a sad day for so many people in our school community," a statement on the school website said.
"All of us who knew Ana will remember her as someone who was full of life and laughter, full of fun and talent.
"Her sad death reminds us again of the bonds we form as a school community. Even though one of us may no longer be here in the building, our presence can still be felt.
"When we lose one of our own we all feel the loss.
"We remember her parents. The depth of the loss they must be feeling today is unimaginable.
"May they find support in the people around them," the school statement continued.
"And we remember Ana's friends, both here in school and far beyond - she loved and appreciated you and our prayers are with you today too."
Ana will be buried in Shanganagh Cemetery on Wednesday following a funeral service at the Church of the Assumption in Dalkey.