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Chloe Gilbert, 15, 'may have died from dairy allergy'

Chloe Gilbert Image copyright Avon and Somerset Police
Image caption Chloe Gilbert died at Southgate shopping centre in Bath

A teenage girl who collapsed and died while shopping at the weekend had a dairy allergy, her family has said.

Chloe Gilbert, 15, from Seend, Wiltshire, died in Southgate shopping centre in Bath, on Sunday 5 March.

Her family described her as "beautiful and talented".

"The cause of Chloe's death has yet to be ascertained, however we believe it may have been as a result [of] something she had eaten," they said in a statement.

"Chloe was diagnosed from an early age with an allergy to dairy products.

"Our whole family and so many of Chloe's friends have been left devastated at this sudden and tragic event.

"We urge anyone who has an allergy to seek immediate medical assistance if they believe they are suffering any form of reaction."

Emergency services were called to the shopping centre just before 15:00 GMT on Sunday but Chloe died a short time later.

Investigations into the cause of death are ongoing.

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