THE family of a teenager who is thought to have taken her own life have spoken of her dreams of an acting career in New York.
The sudden death of 16-year-old Camborne schoolgirl Shannon Gee shocked family and friends of the "incredibly creative and inspirational writer" who attended Pool Academy.
She was found at her home in Camborne on September 30 and, despite attempts by three ambulance crews to save her, she was pronounced dead at Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske at Truro later that day.
Following her funeral at Treswithian Downs Crematorium in Camborne last month, her family has paid tribute to their daughter.
Shannon was born in September 1996 in Pontefract Hospital in Yorkshire but moved to Cornwall a few weeks later when her dad and mum, Paul and Christine, settled in Camborne.
Her family said that she enjoyed the company of her older siblings Philip, Christopher and Kelly and in later years looked forward to seeing their partners Paula, Jocelyn and Jonathan and her nephews Brandon and Tristan all of whom she was extremely fond of.
Shannon went to school briefly at Weeth Road and then St Meriadoc School, which she loved, until she joined Pool Academy where she was popular and integrated well with the other students.
Her family said she was incredibly creative, an inspirational writer, exceptionally talented at drawing.
They also said that she was an aspiring young actress who enjoyed drama classes and had her heart set on an acting career with a view to living in New York.
Shannon had the best present of all on her recent birthday when her parents took her to London where she enjoyed touring the Harry Potter studio, going to the theatre to watch Ghost the musical and visiting Harrods to buy her beloved cat Blaine a special dish with the Harrods' logo printed on the side.
Her relatives said she loved being at home spending time on her computer and socialising with friends, but predominantly life revolved around her family in whose company she found great comfort and reassurance.
Shannon, her family said, was "a gentle young lady, who didn't have a bad bone in her body".