Tributes paid after Portsmouth woman, 27, dies suddenly in hospital

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THE family of a bubbly and energetic woman have paid tribute to her after she died unexpectedly in hospital.

Porsche McGregor-Sims, 27 from Portsmouth, died on April 14, after being admitted to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham the previous day.

Moving to Portsmouth with her family when she was seven years old, Porsche went to St Edmund’s Catholic School, before going to Havant and South Downs College to study drama.

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She then went to Plymouth University to study events management, where she met her fiance, Mark. The two moved back to Portsmouth once they had finished their degrees.

On April 13, Porsche was admitted to QA Hospital with shortness of breath and was confirmed not to have coronavirus, but died the following day.

Her cause of death is currently unknown.

Porsche’s mother Fiona Hawke, 51, paid tribute to a kind-hearted girl who brought smiles everywhere she went.

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She said: ‘She always had a sense of joy and vibrancy about her – she shined so brightly and I don’t think we really appreciated that until we heard she was gone.

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‘Porsche was willing to see the good in everything and everyone, she was a lovely person and losing her is like having the sun burn out.

‘It’s frightening to think that someone with so much energy can disappear so suddenly.’

In her teenage years, Porsche had strong connections with Titchfield Festival Theatre.

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Porsche and her twin Deucalion on their 24th Birthday. Picture: Supplied | Other 3rd Party

Her twin brother, Deucalion, is also still involved with them.

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The theatre will be holding a festival named after her in the summer, once coronavirus restrictions are lifted.

‘She always enjoyed her drama,’ Fiona said.

‘A love of arts tends to run in the family so she was passionate about it.

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‘But she loved her work in organising events, and liked cooking as well.’

Porsche was also known for her adventurous thrill-seeking, and got into a fair few scrapes as a child.

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Online, more than £3,500 has been raised for her burial at the South Downs Natural Burial Site, with tributes flooding in from those who knew her.

Fiona said: ‘The number of people she reached in her short life is the best reflection of who she was.

‘We’re all going to miss her.’

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