A Gwent family yesterday paid tribute to a girl who “lit up a room when she walked in” after her sudden death at the age of 14. RUTH MANSFIELD reports.
A TALENTED and loving teenager who lived life to the full and had dreams of starring in the West End died from suspected septicaemia, aged just 14.
Natasha Scott-Falber, of Canon Lane, Caerwent, who was described as “beautiful and full of life” by her family and a girl with a “glittering future” ahead of her, was found by her dad Mike Falber at his home in Magor on the morning of Valentine’s Day.
Natasha had started to feel ill fours days earlier with what her family suspected was the norovirus, but her condition deteriorated and her family say she died from what is thought to be septicaemia.
Her family, which also includes mum Mandy Scott, brother Daniel Falber, 18, stepdad Mike Scott, and step-mum Linda Falber, and boyfriend Tom Steer, 18, are now coming to terms with the sudden death of the popular youngster who achieved many things during her short life.
Mrs Scott said: “Words cannot describe how we feel. As a family we will miss everything about Tash but we have so many wonderful memories and she will live on in our hearts forever.
“When we look back at all she’s done, some people wouldn’t fit that in a lifetime.
“In everything she did she gave 100 per cent and lived life to the full.”
Speaking about the talented youngster, she said: She was all-singing and all-dancing. The house was always full of singing. She wanted to be in the West End.”
The Wyedean School pupil, who also acted and played the guitar, was already tasting the limelight having been selected last year to perform in a backing choir for English tenor Alfie Boe at St David’s Hall, Cardiff.
She was also a member of musical youth theatre company WAWWA, performing in shows at the likes of Newport’s Dolman Theatre, and was a member of the Angel School of Dance, Chepstow, as well as Wyedean Gospel Choir and Wyedean Choir singing in concerts at home and abroad.
Natasha was also a committed Christian and was involved in St Stephen’s and St Tathan’s Church, Caerwent, and Chepstow Baptist Church and had helped to run Sunday School and holiday clubs at the churches.
More recently, she had been a member of St Luke’s Church, Tutshill, Chepstow.
During her short lifetime, Natasha had raised thousands of pounds for charities.
At the age of 11, she also visited Uganda with family members to help build houses for homeless children.
She was also an Argus papergirl.
Mrs Scott said: “Her beautiful smile will be missed, her laughter, her singing, her enthusiasm, her joy of life.
“When Tash walked into a room, she lit it up.
“She always looked for the good in others and had time for everyone.”
A post mortem examination is expected to be carried out today and funeral arrangements made after this.