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Children's TV actress Mya-Lecia Naylor dies age 16

R.I.P: Mya-Lecia Naylor (Photo credit: Mya-Lecia naylor YouTube channel)

CHILDREN’S TELEVISION star Mya-Lecia Naylor has passed away at the age of 16.

The actress, who’s hit shows include Millie Inbetween and Almost Never died suddenly on April 7 and her death was announced in a post on CBBC children’s TV website on Wednesday.

CBBC said she was a "much-loved part of the BBC Children's family and a hugely talented actress, singer and dancer".

Alice Webb, the director of BBC Children’s, said: “She has shone so brightly on our screens … and it’s unthinkable that she won’t be part of our journey going forward,” she said. “She was hugely popular with our audience, a very talented actress, dancer and singer, and a real role model for her young fans.”

In a statement, the BBC added: “We know this news is very upsetting, and it may help to share how you are feeling with friends or a trusted adult. If you are struggling and there is no one you feel you can talk to about it, you can call Childline on 0800 11 11.”

Fans, co-stars and family have paid tribute to the teenager, including her Almost Never co-star Emily Atack, who took to Instagram to honour the young star.

“So shocked and sad to hear about lovely Mya-Lecia Naylor. She was a beautiful and talented girl,” wrote Atack.

“A complete joy to be around on the set of Almost Never. Sending all my love to her family & friends. Rest in peace beautiful girl x.”

A tribute page set up by the BBC has been flooded with messages

The Croydon coroner confirmed to the Daily Mail that her cause of death is being investigated.

Taylor's first role was on Absolutely Fabulous aged just one, as Saffy's daughter Jane, and she appeared on screen alongside Tom Hanks and Halle Berry in the 2012 film Cloud Atlas.

The late star spoke just two days before her death about her hopes for the future in her final interview.

“I’ve got my GCSEs in about two months, but as soon as that’s over I really want to get back into the habit of posting on YouTube weekly and really engaging in that,” she told Tresa Magazine.

She also said: “I’ve been singing since I was about ten years old as more of a hobby but I did go to singing lessons and it was just something that I’d always wanted to do alongside my acting.”

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