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Belfast woman Leah Weir (28) dies during holiday in France

By Staff Reporter

A community in Belfast is in shock after the sudden death of Shankill woman Leah Weir while on holiday.

The 28-year-old hairdresser was with friends in France.

Leah's pal Carly Bell Hoey penned a moving tribute to Leah on her Facebook page.

"There are no words that can ever begin to describe the heartache right now," she posted.

"To wake up to such devastation this morning has ripped the hearts from us all... you are the most precious beautiful soul and we are so blessed to have got to spend the last few days with you having the absolute time of our lives."

Beautician Carly described the emotional moment when she had to inform Leah's family of their daughter's death.

"We will never forget the gut wrenching moment and had the painful task of telling those who cared about you that you'd gone," she wrote.

"We don't know what you were thinking - we were all around you and love you with every inch of our entirety.

"You could no longer fight your demons, there are no magic pills or quick fixes for your mental health.

"28 years old and so much to live for, my dad loved you like a daughter, you talked of your next adventure only last night.

"I don't know what switch is hit or how it happened but you said yesterday was the best day of your life.

"To Leah's family - we will get through this together - I love you all and will see you soon."

Leah - also known as Lele - had only just updated her own Facebook profile picture at the weekend.

Carly wrote: "Your beautiful profile picture yesterday made our hearts warm. If only you could see yourself from our eyes.

"It's goodbye for now but not forever, sleep easy best friend, you will be missed more than words can say.

"We love you to infinity."

North Belfast MLA William Humphrey also sent a message of sympathy and condolence to Leah's grieving family.

"My thoughts and sympathies are with Jim, Deborah and the wider family circle," he said.

"The local community is deeply saddened by this tragic loss of life.

"It's so sad that yet another life, a beautiful young lady, has been lost."

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