UPDATE: Family of Arabella Campbell ‘simply bereft’ after 16-year-olds sudden death

PUBLISHED: 16:42 14 May 2013 | UPDATED: 16:56 14 May 2013

Arabella, 16, had been studying for her GCSE exams when she died on Sunday.

Arabella, 16, had been studying for her GCSE exams when she died on Sunday.


The family of Beckenham schoolgirl Arabella Campbell say there is “no understanding” the 16-year-olds sudden death on Sunday.

Her uncle, Robert Northcott, issued a statement of behalf of the family, describing the Langley Park student as having an “appetite for life”.

He said: “Arabella was a much loved vivacious, kind and clever girl at the heart of her close-knit family.

“After a happy family day last Sunday at home with her mother, grandmother and cousins she settled down to revise for her GCSE exams beginning this week.

“She was fine at 10pm lying on top of her bed surrounded by papers and books. when her mum went to say good night 30 minutes later, Arabella was simply gone - not breathing, lips blue.”

Staff and pupils were told of Arabella’s death yesterday at her school, in Hawksbrook Lane, Beckenham.

Mr Northcott praised the paramedics, police and hospital staff at Mayday Hospital, in Croydon, where Arabella died having suffered a cardiac arrest.

He added: “There is no understanding this, no bearing it. Family and friends are simply bereft.

“She was looking forward to Sixth Form and had a great appetite for life, especially with her little cousins. We will carry her in our hearts forever more.”

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