Parents and friends pay tribute to Lewes teenager who died at house party

Annie Edwards
Annie Edwards

The parents of a Lewes teenager who died unexpectedly at a house party said it was impossible to believe they would never see her again.

Helen and Steve Edwards described Annie, 17, as happy, loving and warm hearted.

Friends also paid tribute to Annie, saying how honoured they felt to have such a beautiful friend and how much they would miss her.

Helen and Stephen said: “Our wonderful, happy, loving, warm-hearted, clever, mad, beautiful daughter Annie passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Friday morning.

“She was at a party with close and loving friends, having a wonderful time, and at the end it seems she laid down, went to sleep, and never woke up.

“We have always found it difficult to believe that someone so perfect should choose to spend their life with us. It is now impossible to believe we will never see her again.”

Annie was just three months short of her eighteenth birthday on May 20.

She grew up in Lewes and attended Southover Church of England Primary School and Priory School, both in Lewes.

Annie was in her second year at Varndean College in Brighton and predicted to get three A grade A Levels.

She recently received an unconditional offer from Birmingham University to study English Language and Classical Literature.

She loved music and would have taken her grade 8 exam for the flute this year.

Annie loved music festivals and gigs, and had an extensive and eclectic taste in music.

She had recently had new CD reviews published in the Lewes Musical Express.

Annie was found collapsed at a house in Ditchling by a friend on Friday February 20.

Her death is being treated as unexplained by Sussex Police.

Paramedics were called to the house in South Street around 9.15am to a report of a girl in cardiac arrest.

Annie was declared dead at the scene around 10.30am.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark O’Brien said: “This is a very tragic incident and our thoughts are with the girl’s family and friends at this sad time.

“A post mortem will be held to determine the cause of her death, but until that time it will be treated as unexplained.”

Tributes from her friends

Ally Grant said: “You’re mad, bonkers, off your head! But I’ll tell you a secret: all the best people are.” - Alice In Wonderland. No words can describe how honoured I feel to have known such an incredible, beautiful, albeit crazy lady like Annie. Our gorgeous dancing queen will never be forgotten. You were an absolute nutter and you were perfect, inside and out. Annie was a good and honest person with not a bad word to say and her kindness shone in every aspect of her. I’ll love you always and you’re forever in our hearts.”

Katie Grant said: “Annie was always such a joy to be around. One of the most wonderful, gracious and crazy people I ever met. It make me incredibly happy to have had the honour to spend time with such a beautiful person, and it makes me proud to have known she was my friend. Forever in our hearts. Love you forever and always.”

Robbie said: “To me, Annie was a wonderful person, always finding something to talk about and laugh about, even if it was silly! She was beautiful and always brought a smile to my face. My last moments with her were happy ones and I’ll never forget them. She brought so much joy to people’s lives and I’m happy to have been part of that.

Emma Hughes said: “It was a privilege to have known someone who was so unbelievably beautiful inside and out. Knowing Annie made you a better person, and I can’t believe I was lucky enough to call her a friend. Words cannot describe how much I love her, and how much I will miss her. My wonderful and utterly mad friend, you are forever in my heart.

Phoebe said: “My first friend, thank you for the years of laughter, thank you for making me a better person, thank you for being you.”

Jack said: “Thank you so much for everything, all the memories, all the gigs, and for always understanding me. You’re a wonderful person. I love you and I’ll miss you.”

Ruth said: “I will never find a better tango partner. Your kitchen will always be our dance floor, your laughter being my song.”