'She was a beam of light' - Dublin barista Rashel Winn (28) tragically passes away after battle with cervical cancer
An award-winning Dublin Barista has tragically passed away at the age of 28 following a battle with cervical cancer.
Rashel Winn had been diagnosed with cancer in April last year and last month her father Eric revealed that her condition had deteriorated due to an infection.
Eric flew from Seattle to Dublin to spend time with his ill daughter after the city's coffee community raised funds for his trip.
Speaking last month, he said, “To be a parent watching your kid go through this, it is unimaginable and horrible. You think you would die, but now I find myself in the midst of it."
Love Supreme Cafe in Stoneybatter and 3fe on Grand Canal Street were among the businesses that donated all proceeds towards Rashel's campaign, with money going towards further treatment.
3fe Owner Colin Harmon described Rashel as "one of the most charismatic and warm people I've ever met".
Many friends paid tribute to Rashel on Twitter today following the sad news.
"Sending out love to @rash3l Rashel Winn and family today. Such tragic news. She worked in @BlockTcoffee and was a beam of light. RIP Lovely" wrote Block_T.
Clement & Pekoe added, "Our thoughts are with Rashel Winn's family and many many friends today. Such sad news. Her smile will forever be remembered".
"So very sad to hear of the passing of Rashel Winn. Remembering the smiles in Ranelagh and the smiles on Clanbrassil St. Her effervescence" wrote Ellen Lunney.
Dublin Barista School added, "We're deeply sad for the loss of our colleague Rashel Winn. Our prayers are with her family, everyone at First Draft Coffee and the entire coffee community of Dublin."
Rashel is survived by her husband Seamus Lawlor and family.