'We all took risks as teens, my heart goes out to Ana Hick's family,' says Kathryn Thomas
RTE star Kathryn Thomas has spoken out about the death of teenager Ana Hick.
The 18-year-old from Dalkey, South County Dublin, died after she collapsed outside a nightclub and is believed to have taken ecstasy pills.
The Operation Transformation host says that all teenagers experiment with different kinds of behaviour and said that the Hick family must "heartbroken" over their loss.
Writing in her weekly column with the Irish Daily Star, Kathryn said: "The video of 18-year-old Ana Hick and her mum Elga singing a Disney song in their car brought me to tears.
"To think that a couple of ecstasy pills extinguished her just like that, is unbelievably tragic. She had so much to live for.
"We all took risks at that age, whether it was drinking too much, waking up not remembering what happened, taking drugs or just ending in situations which left us exposed to danger. At that age you feel infallible, you just assume that nothing bad could ever happen to you."
Thomas explained that she has a younger brother who is 21 years old and finds herself "mothering" him before a night out, urging him to take caution where possible.
The broadcaster insisted it was "not a time for judgement" however and wished her family well.