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

Gaia Young, 25, was the daughter of Lord Michael Young and half-sister of writer and commentator Toby Young. Her family have paid tribute after she died following a headache in June

Gaia Young, 25, died after complaining of a headache at a family dinner

An aristocrat’s daughter has suddenly died after complaining of a headache.

Gaia Young, the sister of writer and commentator, Toby Young, and daughter of Lord Michael Young, died suddenly on July 21.

The 25-year-old was rushed to hospital after falling ill during a heatwave.

She was taken ill during dinner and lay herself on the sofa in the living room to recover before she was taken to hospital and died.

Gaia’s father, Lord Michael, died when he was 86 and she was just five.

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 was the half-sister of Toby Young



Gaia’s 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.

A UCLH 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.”

Toby Young released a statement that said: “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.

“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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