A 21-year-old woman has died suddenly, leaving a two-year-old motherless.
Bright and bubbly Brooke Symes was found dead at her home.
Friends said yesterday (February 11) that Brooke was devoted to her daughter Maisie, sister Levi and brother, Thomas.
Her mother, Steph Pullen, was said to be heartbroken at her death, which police are not treating as suspicious.
Close family friend Rachel Simmonds said yesterday: “Brooke was funny and a brilliant singer.
“She was really the life and soul of the party and one of the most popular girls around.
“She loved clothes and fashion. People looked at her and said, ‘We want what Brooke is wearing’.”
Brooke was found dead at her home in Rillside, Furnace Green, Crawley, at the end of January.
Thousands of people have also joined a Facebook page set up in Brooke’s memory.
'With the angels'
One message, believed to be from her father, said: “You are with the angels now and are the biggest and brightest star in the sky.
“I love you so much, my heart will never be the same.”
Her friends, with her mother’s support, are raising money online to pay for her funeral on Friday.
A statement from her friends said: “Brooke was a beautiful daughter, mother, sister, granddaughter and friend.
“She was loved by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.
“On February 15, Brooke’s family will be paying tribute to the girl we all knew and loved.
“Brooke was always the life and soul of any party and we all have our own special memories of the times shared together.
“Her send off should reflect her personality and be nothing short of amazing.
“Brooke’s family have requested that in place of flowers, donations are made to give her what she truly deserves.”
People have added messages while donating money.
Lucy Greig said: “I can’t imagine what her friends and family are going through! I hope you reach your target.
“£10 is nothing when you have all of your loved ones still with you.”
Charlie Stewart said: “I will always remember you for your sense of humour and beautiful voice.”
An inquest will be held in due course.
If you want to donate money in Brooke’s memory, visit www.gofund me.com/1wzlmk?pc= fb_cr
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