A former teenage reality star with dwarfism who has shared her story with millions of viewers has died aged 28 while living in a tent in a Welsh woodland, leaving her family “broken”.
Jasmine “Jazz” Burkitt rose to fame 12 years ago in BBC Three’s four-part documentary Small Teen Bigger World.
Standing 3’11 tall, Burkitt was determined to show she was like any other teenager and won praise for her outspokenness as she shared details of her day-to-day life.
Her devastated fiancé Lewis Burke announced her death on social media.
Mr Burke wrote: “She is the most incredible person who has ever walked this planet, she is the strongest, funniest, kindest and absolutely decent person I have ever known.
“I’m really devastated. She changed my life forever and I will never be the same.”
Norman Burkitt said his granddaughter was found dead in the tent where she lived with Mr Burke, who was in hospital for simple heart surgery.
Speaking from the family home in Colwyn Bay, North Wales, Mr Burkitt said: “She was bipolar and was on a unit for some time and also there as an outpatient.
Jasmine “Jazz” Burkitt (right), 28, has been described by her fiancé, Lewis Burke, as “the strongest, funniest, kindest and all-decent person I’ve ever known.”
In an Instagram post in January, Burkitt shared with her 3,500 followers that she was hospitalized for her physical and then mental health, but was looking forward to getting back home with Lewis and her dog.
“She also had a problem with a heart valve and had to take three medications a day because of it.
“The medication was very difficult for her and she had to go to the hospital for check-ups every six months.”
He added that she was found by Mr Burke’s mother but the cause of death has not been determined.
“We don’t know what triggered that,” Mr. Burkitt said. “The coroner called to say there’s going to be an autopsy. They lived in this tent because they couldn’t get a house.
“The housing situation in Wales is desperate. Conway said they could not be considered a couple because he was from Denbigh and Denbigh said they were not a couple because she was from Conway.
“She was an amazing girl – so smart and bright with her drawings and stuff. She broke all possible viewership records on the BBC and received two awards.
“It shook us, we didn’t sleep. Everyone will miss her.”
Jasmine ‘Jazz’ Burkitt was photographed in 2010 while on Small Teen, Bigger World. She has been praised for her outspokenness and determination to live a normal life
Small Teen, Bigger World aired in July 2010 and followed Burkitt’s life for 12 months, capturing her 16th birthday, a trip to New York and her efforts to track down her birth father.
She also detailed her experiences of bullying at school and her injury after a boy threw her in the air.
Burkitt appeared on the show while living in Colwyn Bay, North Wales, as the registered caregiver to her 3’7 tall mother Bev, who suffered from lung and breathing problems and died in 2014.
Both had an undiagnosed form of dwarfism that doctors couldn’t find a cause for.
Last year, Burkitt and her partner lived in a tent in a Welsh woodland after failing to secure community property.
They described their experience camping in Bodelwyddan, Denbighshire, with their dog Loki on social media.
Burkitt, a talented photographer, said her camping life is “magical.”
Both Burkitt (pictured) and her mother, Bev, suffered from an undiagnosed form of dwarfism that doctors couldn’t find a cause for
She wrote: “I think tent life saved and made us. Of course there are downsides as I am a bit more vulnerable with my health history.
“Some of the summer days by a river are among the happiest I’ve ever spent. I really like being away from people and just being in nature.”
In an Instagram post in January, Burkitt told her 3,500 followers that she was hospitalized for her physical and later mental health, but was looking forward to getting back to Lewis and her dog.
The couple had recently purchased a mobile home and were planning to convert it into a home.
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