Thursday 19 April 2018

Club-death woman set to be buried at home in Latvia

Kristine Bankova (24) died suddenly after she collapsed during a night out in Galway city
Kristine Bankova (24) died suddenly after she collapsed during a night out in Galway city
Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

A YOUNG Latvian woman who died after collapsing in a nightclub will be brought home for burial.

Kristine Bankova (24) died suddenly last Sunday after she collapsed during a night out with friends in Galway city. It is understood that she was suffering from an underlying medical condition.

Ms Bankova had been enjoying a night at Halo nightclub in Galway city when she collapsed on the dancefloor in the early hours of Sunday morning. Staff at the nightclub rushed to her aid and attempted to revive her while they awaited an ambulance.

The young woman was rushed to University Hospital Galway where she was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.

A post-mortem found that Ms Bankova had died as a result of natural causes. Gardai confirmed that they are not treating the death as suspicious.

Ms Bankova, who was from Latvia, had lived in Loughrea, Co Galway, for a number of years and worked at McInerney's Supervalu in the town.

Emotional messages and tributes were posted on the Facebook page of her partner Ian Burns, from Loughrea.

Her heartbroken friends will hold a memorial event to celebrate her life later today.

Arrangements are now being made to have the young woman's remains flown home to Latvia for burial. They have asked that any donations made in her memory go to the West of Ireland heart and stroke charity Croi.

Irish Independent

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