Teen star's cause of death revealed by coroner

British actress Mya-Lecia Naylor’s cause of death has been determined.

The South London coroner’s office ruled that the 16-year-old’s April 7 death was as a result of “misadventure.”

That categorisation is similar to an “accidental” ruling, but the distinction is that she took a deliberate action that resulted in her death.

Assistant Coroner Toby Watkin concluded that the teen, who appeared in the 2012 Halle Berry-Tom Hanks film Cloud Atlas: “did not intend to end her own life”.

Mya-Lecia Naylor pictured with frizzy hair in a close up photo.
Mya-Lecia Naylor, 16, died in April. (Screenshot: Mya-Lecia Naylor via Instagram)

According to the inquest, Naylor — who starred in the BBC Children’s TV shows Millie Inbetween and Almost Never — was found in cardiac arrest in a large tent with open sides used for outdoor entertainment, at her family’s home in South Norwood.

Emergency services responded to call about the teen but she was pronounced dead soon after at Croydon University Hospital.

Naylor, who began her career as a toddler, spent the evening prior to her death watching a movie with her family that included a scene about suicide, her parents, Martin and Zena Naylor, revealed during the investigation.

She had been grounded and was prevented from attending a party. She was last seen two hours prior to being found.

Leading up to her death, she had been stressed over her General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) exam results being lower than expected.

Her father told South London Coroners Court that Naylor “had not been her normal self” and they attributed it to exam stress. However, he noted that “she had plans scheduled out” to better her score.

Naylor’s dad also told the court he felt that her death was a “silly mistake”.

“I honestly believe she was just making some sort of point. I genuinely believe she did not mean to do it. It was a silly spur of the moment thing,” he said.

“She clearly had plans for the future.”

A toxicology report revealed that Naylor had no alcohol or drugs in her system.

Her phones, laptop, and social media accounts were searched during the inquiry and did not turn up anything suspicious.

Naylor gave an interview to Tresa magazine the month she died talking about how she was pursuing singing as well as acting and had “some amazing projects” in the works.

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636, Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467.

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