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15 July 2017

Heartbroken pals pay tribute to young chef, 20, who collapsed after ‘taking ecstasy on night out’ and died three days later

HEARTBROKEN pals have paid tribute to a young chef who collapsed after apparently taking ecstasy on a night out before she died three days later.

Demi Clarke, 20, was rushed into intensive care after falling ill in Dunfermline but her organs failed and doctors were unable to save her.

Demi Clarke, 20, was on a night out with pals when it's feared she took ecstasy
Demi Clarke, 20, was on a night out with pals when it’s feared she took ecstasy
Devastated friends have paid tribute to the young chef who died after three days in hospital
Devastated friends have paid tribute to the young chef who died after three days in hospital

Devastated friend Taylor Thomson, 17, told of her final days as she led tributes to their friend, from Ballingry, Fife.

She said: “Demi put up a very tough fight. Unfortunately her organs gave up on her, which caused her to pass.”

On an internet fundraising page to help pay for Demi’s funeral, Taylor blamed the tragedy on the “severe and terrifying consequences of ecstasy”.

She added: “Everyone who knew Demi knows how much of a lively soul she was.

“Please help give this family the send-off they deserve for their amazing daughter.”

A family funeral notice read: “Demi Clarke, Tragically, after a night out gone wrong, at Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy.

Demi was rushed to intensive care after her organs started failing but she died three days later
Demi was rushed to intensive care after her organs started failing but she died three days later
Demi with her mum, who has been left devastated by the tragic loss of her daughter

“Much-loved daughter to Wullie and Katrina, loving sister to Jamie, Daryl and Jade, aunt to Adelle, niece to Mary-Margaret and Derek, and a beloved friend to many.”

Loved ones have also vowed to raise money for the intensive care unit which they say “took great care of Demi”.

Mum Katrina, 46 and dad Wullie, 48, were too upset to talk about their loss.

But Demi’s mates paid tribute to her in touching online salutes.

Nicole Swatton wrote: “A beautiful, strong and fun-loving girl who I was honoured to call one of my best friends was taken from us.

“I will miss her every day. I love you forever and always.”


Lynn Stark added: “Heaven has gained a beautiful, smiley young lady. Demi you will be in my heart forever.”

A spokesman for Fife College in Dunfermline, where Demi graduated with an HNC in Professional Cookery last year, said: “Demi was lovely, a very talented student who was popular with staff and her classmates.

“Our sympathies and condolences go out to her family and friends at this very sad time.”

Detectives confirmed they are probing the “unexplained” death.

Detectives are treating her death on July 5 as 'unexplained' but pals say she had taken drugs
Detectives are treating her death on July 5 as ‘unexplained’ but pals say she had taken drugs
Pals are trying to raise money for her funeral after her sudden and tragic death
Pals are trying to raise money for her funeral after her sudden and tragic death
Demi's friends described her as a 'lively soul'
Demi’s friends described her as a ‘lively soul’ (pictured in an older photograph)

It is believed drug use is one possible line of inquiry.

A force spokeswoman said: “Police in Fife are continuing to conduct enquiries into the death of a woman aged 20 who sadly passed away on July 5 after taking unwell on July 2.”

A report has been sent to the fiscal.

The JustGiving page set up by Taylor had last night raised almost £500.


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