UK pole-dancing Jessica Leanne Norris suicide hanged herself

During the lockdown, UK pole-dancing champion Jessica Norris allegedly hung herself

During the coronavirus lockout, a two-time British pole-dancing champion described as a "national treasure" hanged herself while suffering from depression.

On June 15, 2020, Jessica Leanne Norris, 27, was found unresponsive at a friend's house in Bolton, reporting an inquiry to The Sun.

"Come in, don't. A 999 ring. I'm so sorry,' wrote the tragic woman in a note that, according to the outlet, she put on her bedroom door.

Norris, who in 2011 and 2015 won the title of Miss Pole Dance UK, had suffered with mental health problems since she was a teenager, the hearing was told.

Jessica Leanne Norris
Jessica Leanne Norris

"Her mom, Alanna Norris, said, "Jess lived a life of structure, and suffered when lockdown meant that she could not teach or compete in pole-dancing competitions.

During the country's first lockout, the young woman, who had taken antidepressants while working as a fitness instructor, lived at her friend Brian Compton's house.

Compton checked in with her via text on the morning of her death but received no response while at work, The Sun reported. He found her body in the bedroom when he returned.

According to the study, a toxicologist detected no traces of drugs or alcohol in her system.

In 2019, the keen pole dancer, who set up her first studio when she was just 15, launched a fundraising campaign for charities for mental wellbeing.

On June 15, 2020, Jessica Leanne Norris was found unresponsive at a friend's home.
On June 15, 2020, Jessica Leanne Norris was found unresponsive at a friend's home.

Norris was identified by Kay Penney, founder of Miss Pole Dance UK, as a "national treasure."

"According to The Sun, Penney said, "Thank you for your contribution and as a true ambassador for the aerial arts, touching so many lives, hearts and souls, lifting many of us with your entertaining, memorable and mesmerizing routines.

Thank you through many classes, master classes, camps, events and competitions for your unquestionable dedication and sharing your talent," she added."

"On so many stages you shone like a beacon of hope and your legacy will live on forever in pole history and personally as my pole daughter, who has constantly shown your gratitude as a double female singles champion over the years and during your reign."