An Arbroath family has been paying tribute to their ‘bubbly’ teenage daughter who died in tragic circumstances at her dance class on Thursday.
Kloe Richardson’s life was celebrated at a humanist service in George Stewart’s Funeral Home yesterday (Thursday).
The 15-year-old was the only daughter of Wayne and Allison Richardson, Abbotsford Road, Arbroath.
She died on Thursday after falling ill at her dance class in Knox’s Church hall. Her classmates tried to revive her and an ambulance was called. It received a police escort to Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, as paramedics continued to attempt to save her life, but their efforts were in vain.
Her dad said: “She left for her dance class as usual on Thursday and that was the last time we saw her.”
Kloe was born in Arbroath and attended Hayshead Primary and was in her fifth year at Arbroath Academy.
She was known for her bubbly personality and always had a smile on her face. Her dad said: “Kloe would do anything for anyone. You just had to ask and she would get started.
“She had lots and lots of friends but it was only last year when she started to go out regularly.”
Kloe also loved animals, and only recently received a pet dog, something she had hankered after for many years. She was also a gifted musician and played keyboard and violin.
But her passion was dance and she had attended the Linda Napier class for 11 years. Her dad explained: “She enjoyed it in two ways, for the delights of the dancing and also as a way of keeping fit.”
Kloe had taken part in several shows, including that to mark the Year of the Light and the more recent Arbroath Spitfire Anniversary show.
She had only recently been diagnosed with a genetic heart disorder, but was on medication and no limits had been imposed by her doctor.
Her mum explained: “Our oldest son, Kyle (20), collapsed three years ago and ended up in hospital in Aberdeen where he was fitted with an internal defibrillator last year. The entire family underwent tests and they showed that myself, Kloe and her twin brother Dylan all had a similar condition.”
Arbroath Academy head teacher Doreen Redfern commented: “Our thoughts are with Kloe’s family at this difficult time. Kloe was a popular and bright girl who will be greatly missed.”
Joanne Parker, a secondary school assistant at Arbroath Academy, commented on Facebook: “I’ve never seen so many pupils and staff so visibly upset and heartbroken as I did today at Arbroath Aademy! Such a sad time!”
And Louise Ritchie posted: “RIP Kloe babe sadly gone but never forgotten. Taken away far too young. Thoughts go out to your family and friends.”