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16-Year-Old 'Cloud Atlas' Actress' Hanging Death Declared Unintentional
British TV star Mya-Lecie Naylor's father said she hadn't been acting like herself before her death. Now, a coroner has ruled her passing as unintentional.
The news of British teen actress Mya-Lecie Naylor's passing broke the hearts of fans and family alike. Now, a coroner has ruled that although she had hanged herself, the death was unintentional.
Toby Watkin, the assistant coroner assigned to the case, concluded that Naylor's death was caused by "misadventure," meaning, essentially, that her suicide on April 7 was a mistake. The official cause of death was declared as “fatal pressure to her neck," according to Watkin.
“Death by misadventure indicates although the deceased deliberately carried out the acts, they did not intend to bring about their death,” Watkin wrote in the coroner's report, obtained by E! News.
Emergency services had been summoned to Naylor's South London home at around 10 a.m. in response to calls of a teenager in cardiac arrest, according to the BBC. Naylor was pronounced dead at the hospital 90 minutes later.
Martin Naylor, Mya-Lecie's father, told the coroner that she had not been acting like herself in the the days leading up to her death.
"She was stressed about her exam," Martin said. "I honestly believe she was just making some sort of point. I genuinely believe she did not mean to do it. It was a silly spur of the moment think. She clearly had plans for the future."
Watkin's report concluded that Naylor "did not intend to end her own life."
Mya-Lecia was the star of the popular CBBC children's series, "Millie In Between" and "Almost Never." In the United States, she his better known for playing Miro in the 2012 sci-fi film, "Cloud Atlas." Her career began as a toddler with appearances on the beloved cult comedy, "Absolutely Fabulous," according to People.
Alice Webb, the director at BBC Children's, expressed her sorrow in a statement to E! News.
"She has shone so brightly on our screens, both in Millie Inbetween and Almost Never, and it's unthinkable that she won't be part of our journey going forward," Webb said. "She was hugely popular with our audience. A very talented actress, dancer and singer, and a real role model for her young fans."
Help is available for individuals considering suicide. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for assistance, available 24/7.