SUDDEN DEATH" Chanel Lee
THE FATHER of a teenage girl who died in her sleep has spoken out for the first time since her passing.
Glenton Easy says it's been a "difficult and challenging journey" since 16-year-old daughter Chanel-Lee died from heart failure after a night out with her cousins in 2011.
Speaking to Birmingham Mail, he said: “I lost my only child. It still feels unreal. She was my world.
“She was truly an angel. Her infectious smile was known to fill a room with joy and happiness. She would embrace anyone she came into contact with and would leave an impression on their lives."
The Highclare School pupil's death was ruled to be of natural causes following an inquest at Birmingham's Coroner's court. She was the victim of what is called sudden death syndrome.
The inquest found that the aspiring lawyer had visited a hospital complaining of a headache just a day before she died. The doctor who treated her tearfully told the inquest that there was nothing to suggest she had a heart problem.
The family, from Birmingham, have now come together to organise a memorial concert honouring her love of music and to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation, C-R-Y (Cardiac Risk in the Young), and Highclare School’s Chanel–Lee Chanté Easy Achievement Award.
Mr Easy said he was attempting to rebuild his life after losing Chanel-Lee.
“Over the years I have been able to gain strength from the wonderful memories we shared and the ongoing support from family and close friends.
“With this strength I have decided to celebrate the memory of my daughter’s life, and support a few charities that have become close to my heart with a memorial concert.”
The fundraising memorial event will be taking place at Birmingham Town Hall on June 6 and will include performances from local singers and a special performance by former X Factor contestant Hannah Barrett.
The concert starts at 7pm and tickets are £15 for adults and £10 for students and under 16s.
Call the Town Hall or Symphony Hall Box office for tickets on 0121 780 4949.