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Child actress’ death ruled accidental

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Mya-Lecia Naylor apparently hanged herself but, the coroner ruled, she did not intend her life by suicide.

Mya-Lecia Naylor died at age 16 due to "misadventure," the ruling reported by BBC News and The Guardian said. Picture: Facebook

London – A young British actress who appeared alongside
Tom Hanks and Halle Berry in “Cloud Atlas” accidentally ended her own
life last April, an inquest by a coroner in London has ruled.

Mya-Lecia Naylor died at age 16 due to “misadventure,” the ruling
reported by BBC News and The Guardian said.

Naylor died by a self-inflicted hanging but did not intend to end her
life by suicide, South London assistant coroner Toby Watkin
reportedly concluded.

The category of “death by misadventure” is used in the UK to classify
a death attributed to an accident caused by a risk taken voluntarily.

Naylor, who played Edina’s toddler granddaughter on the wildly
popular British sitcom “Absolutely Fabulous” and later starred in the
BBC children’s shows “Almost Never” and “Millie Inbetween,”
reportedly was found hanging in a doorway at her family’s home on
April 7.

Paramedics responded to a call of a teenage girl in cardiac arrest,
and Naylor was pronounced dead at Croydon University Hospital a short
time later.

Naylor spent the evening before her death watching a film with her
family and had been planning for the future, the BBC reported.

Her family reportedly said she was upset because she couldn’t attend
a party due to being grounded. They also said she expressed some
worries about her academic career, but nothing suggested she planned
to take her own life, according to the BBC report.

The coroner said Naylor had no alcohol or drugs in her system. Her
devastated dad Martin Naylor told the South London Coroners Court
that he had seen her two hours before she was found, and he felt it
was “a spur of the moment act.”

“I honestly believe she was just making some sort of point,” the dad
told the South London Coroners Court, the BBC said. “I genuinely
believe she did not mean to do it.”

Naylor was praised as a huge talent and beloved pal in remembrances
posted online by her “Millie Inbetween” co-star Millie Innes and her
“Almost Never” castmate Emily Atack.

“I will always cherish our friendship and the moments we spent
together beautiful girl,” Innes wrote in her post.

“So shocked and sad to hear about lovely Mya-Lecia Naylor. She was a
beautiful and talented girl. A complete joy to be around on the set
of ‘Almost Never,'” Atack wrote.

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