A two-time British pole dance champion described as a “national treasure” hanged herself while suffering from depression during the coronavirus lockdown.
Jessica Leanne Norris, 27, was found unconscious at a friend’s home in Bolton on June 15, 2020, The Sun reported on an investigation.
“Do not come in. Call 999. I’m very sorry,” the tragic woman wrote in a note she posted on her bedroom door, according to the outlet.
Norris, who won the Miss Pole Dance UK title in 2011 and 2015, had struggled with mental health issues since she was a teenager, the audience was told.
“Jess led a structured life and struggled when the confinement meant she couldn’t teach or participate in pole dance competitions,” said her mother, Alanna Norris.
The young woman, who had been taking antidepressants while working as a fitness instructor, stayed at her friend Brian Compton’s house during the country’s first lockdown.
On the morning of her death, Compton contacted her by text message, but got no response while at work, The Sun reported. When he returned, he discovered her body in the bedroom.
A toxicologist found no evidence of drugs or alcohol in his system, according to the report.
The avid pole dancer, who set up her first studio when she was only 15, launched a fundraising campaign for mental health charities in 2019.
Kay Penney, founder of Miss Pole Dance UK, described Norris as a “national treasure.”
“Thank you for your contribution and as a true ambassador for the aerial arts, touching so many lives, hearts and souls, encouraging so many of us with your entertaining, unforgettable and fascinating routines,” Penney said, according to The Sun.
“Thank you for your unquestionable dedication and for sharing your talents through many classes, master classes, camps, events and contests,” he added.
“You shone like a ray of hope on so many stages and your legacy will live on forever in the history of pole and personally as my daughter of pole, who constantly showed your gratitude throughout the years and during your reign as double champion of pole. singles “.