Aristocrat’s daughter, 25, dies after complaining of headache at family dinner

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The daughter of an aristocrat died suddenly after falling ill during the heatwave and complaining of a headache at a family dinner, it has emerged.

Gaia Young, 25, daughter of the late Lord Michael Young, who wrote the Labour Party's election-winning manifesto in 1945, tragically passed away on July 21 just hours after being rushed to hospital.

Labour Peer Lord Young died aged 86 in 20012 when Gaia was just five.

She had spent a day cycling and enjoying the sunshine but later became violently sick during dinner and lay on the sofa in the living room to recover before she was taken to hospital, her family said.

Her death is being treated as unexplained as the first post-mortem carried out on her body returned inconclusive results.

She had tested negative for coronavirus in hospital, the Daily Mail reports.

Gaia's heartbroken mother Dorit said: "Suddenly she removes herself from the table. We didn't even notice it at first. Then she rings through the landline to say: 'Mum, I have a very bad headache, I'm in the front room.'

"Gaia herself thought she had a heatstroke."

Doris said an hour later Gaia was vomiting and an ambulance was called to take her to University College London Hospital.

Just a day later she was declared brain dead and she later died. Her funeral was held last week.

Gaia graduated from Bristol University where she studied history, before working in Austria at a hotel and then for a tech start-up.

She had also volunteered in Nepal, building schools for girls, and donated her salary to various charities including Shelter and the Refugee Council.

During the coronavirus lockdowns, Gaia volunteered for the Islington Covid-19 taskforce and she helped people who had to shield as well as the homeless.

She also donated nine inches of her hair three days before her death to the charity Little Princess Trust – which makes wigs for cancer patients.

Speaking to the Islington Tribune, her mum added: “It is so tragic. Gaia was an incredibly socially minded and engaged young person.

"At the moment her death is unexplained and the first post-mortem is inconclusive. It happened so quickly.

“An investigation has been launched into her care and I hope I get the answers.”

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A hospital spokesperson said: "Our deepest sympathies go to Gaia's loved ones at this very sad and difficult time. We are in contact with her family and reviewing the circumstances leading to her death."

Writer and commentator Toby Young, Gaia's half-brother, paid an emotional tribute to the "lovely, kind and funny" British History graduate.

He said in a statement: "It’s an unspeakable tragedy for which there’s no apparent explanation. Gaia ate healthily, exercised regularly, did not take drugs and only drank occasionally and in moderation.

"No doubt some people will speculate that her sudden death was a rare side effect of the Covid vaccine, but she had her second jab in March, some four months earlier, so on the face of it that seems unlikely.

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"She tested negative for Covid in the hospital. The death of a family member is always difficult to bear, but for a healthy 25 year-old to be suddenly taken from you is particularly hard.

"She was a lovely person – kind, funny, clever, creative, loyal, conscientious, endlessly curious. She had the world at her feet. I know we don’t live in a just universe, but in spite of that Gaia’s death feels terribly unjust."

A fundraiser set up has already raised more than £9,000 for three charities that Gaia supported, including The Little Princess Trust, The Skid Row Running Club and the Covid-19 Homeless Taskforce.

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