By Cristina Hodgson • 11 December 2019 • 18:48
British Child Ballet Star Dubbed Next Billy Elliot Dies Suddenly Aged 14
A TALENTED British teenager who showed great promise and had a bright future in dance has died suddenly at the age of 14.
Tributes have been paid to ballet star Jack Burns who was found dead at his home in Greenock, Inverclyde, at the beginning of the month.
The accomplished dancer had won a place at an Elite ballet school aged nine, he had appeared in the ITV thriller Plain Sight, starred opposite Duncan James of Blue and had also been in several BBC productions.
Jack trained at the Elite Academy of Dance in Greenock and the Royal Conservatoire in Glasgow and had been dubbed the next Billy Elliot.
The academy posted the following touching words on Facebook:
It is with a very heavy heart that we write this post. Tragically as you know we lost our much loved student Jack Burns on Sunday 1st of December.
Jack was an inspiration to everyone at Elite and touched the hearts of everyone who had the pleasure of working and dancing with him since 2012.
Jack’s teachers have described the teen star as an ‘inspiration.’ As well as dance, Jack played rugby and football. He had also worked as a model, appearing in campaigns for global brands through his contracts with The Model Team in Glasgow.
Since the tragic news of his passing, tributes have poured in from devastated friends and family.
The cause of the teenager’s death is still unclear but police have informed they are not treating it as suspicious.
Euro Weekly News has been informed that Jack attended St Columba’s School in Kilmacolm and leaves behind his mother Karen, 46, father Robert, 47, and brother Rory.
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