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Young Belfast mum Corrina Rice found dead

By Cate McCurry

Tributes have been paid to a young mother who died suddenly in Belfast yesterday.

It is understood the west Belfast woman, who has been named locally as Corrina Rice, was found in Poleglass.

Heartfelt tributes have been paid to the mother-of-two, who was in her 20s.

The alarm was raised around 5pm yesterday.

A police helicopter was spotted in the area at the time.

Friends of Ms Rice posted messages on social media in memory of the woman, who had a daughter and son under the age of 10.

One said: "She had a heart of gold. Fly high princess. Look over your babies, you were a brilliant mummy. Love you chick."

Brian Heading, SDLP councillor for the area, described it as a "very tragic event".

"We don't know or understand the pressures that our friends or neighbours are under or what they are enduring as part of their lives," he said.

"If we can do anything then it's to remind ourselves to be prepared to listen and talk to our neighbours and friends so that they know they have someone to turn to if they need help or just to talk. My thoughts go out to her family and young children."

Other friends took to Facebook to post their tributes and express their shock as news of her sudden death began to emerge. "No words to describe how I feel. Why is life so hard on the nicest people," one said.

Another posted: "Fly high gorgeous. Can't believe what I heard. Watch over your babies and family."

A number of social media users described their shock following Ms Rice's death.

"Nothing but bad news in this place, rest in peace Corrina, look over your two kids. I am completely lost for words," one said.

A spokesman for the Ambulance Service said it was not called to the scene.

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