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Heartbroken father’s agony over the tragic death of his 'beautiful, loving' Clare (18)

By Rebecca Black

Published 02/12/2016

Claire McSorley died suddenly
Claire McSorley died suddenly

The father of an Omagh teenager who died this week has spoken of his broken heart.

Clare McSorley (18), a former pupil of Drumragh Integrated College, was found dead on Tuesday. Her passing has sparked shock and devastation among family and friends.

Her dad Tommy described her as "absolutely beautiful, loving, caring and wonderful".

"I know how to fix most things when they break - washing machines, dryers, lights, cars and loads of other things in life. I know this is asking a lot, but I will pay anyone any amount of money if they could please tell me how to fix a heart," he wrote in a touching post on his Facebook page on Wednesday.

"Mine broke yesterday (Tues), due to the very sudden death of my absolutely beautiful, loving, caring and wonderful daughter Clare."

He urged any person who felt troubled to speak up, and thanked the local community for all the support they had shown him and his family.

"It's OK not to be OK. If anyone who reads this and is having a hard time in life takes a look at a post that was shared yesterday by Drumragh Sarsfields, about the untimely death of my daughter Clare, and realises that within four hours of that post being shared there had been almost 4,000 likes and 300 heartfelt comments (which have been greatly appreciated)," he wrote.

"I hope they realise also the complete devastation that has been left behind.

"Please, please don't suffer in silence and let someone know how you feel, there are so many ways to communicate with each other these days, but yet, there are those out there who feel they can't.

"My daughter Clare took the worries of the world on her shoulders and I honestly believe she didn't want people to worry about her and kept so much hurt and frustration bottled up inside her - in the end that's the hardest part of this to take.

"I have and will always love you Clare."

Clare was a popular member of Drumragh Sarsfields GAC and excelled to the point where she had competed at senior level for Tyrone Ladies from the age of 15.

The Drumragh club had a short service of reflection in her memory on Wednesday.

Drumragh Integrated College has also spoken of its sadness in a letter from principal Nigel Frith on its website.

"We are deeply saddened by this great loss but are trying, for the students' sake, to keep the school environment as normal as possible," he wrote.

"Our thoughts are with the bereaved family at this tragic time and the school community sends them sincerest sympathy and support.

Clare will be laid to rest on Saturday following Requiem Mass at the Sacred Heart Church.

The teenager is survived by Tommy, her mother Jackie and sisters Ellen and Orla.

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