A TRAGIC schoolboy dancer branded the “next Billy Elliot” after appearing in TV shows Outlander and Plain Sight was found hanged at home, it has been claimed.
Jack Burns, 14, passed away on December 1 in Greenock, Scotland, with tributes flooding in.
One pal wrote on Facebook that the dancer “did not deserve the stuff he went through.
“Jack was such an amazing boy… he never ever wanted to hurt anyone, there was not a bad bone in his body.
“I’m absolutely heartbroken that I have lost someone who meant so much to me and many more people.”
Officers had initially confirmed enquiries were being carried out to establish a cause of death, with a file passed to the procurator fiscal.
The Mirror reports that he was rushed to hospital – where he was sadly pronounced dead – after being found hanged at his home.
Police confirmed they are not treating his death as suspicious.
“MUCH LOVED STUDENT”
Many tributes have been paid to the talented schoolboy, who won a place at a top ballet school in Glasgow aged nine.
Jack had also landed a role in hit series Outlander in 2014 and appeared in ITV thriller Plain Sight, and starred opposite Blue’s Duncan James.
The schoolboy also worked as a model and fronted campaigns for global brands.
Devastated bosses at studio Elite Academy of Dance have praised the lad as a “much loved student” following the tragedy.
Jack was an inspiration to everyone at Elite and touched the hearts of everyone who had the pleasure of working and dancing with him since 2012
Elite Academy of Dance
A statement said: “It is with a very heavy heart that we write this post.
“Tragically as you know we lost our much loved student Jack Burns on Sunday 1st of December.
“Jack was an inspiration to everyone at Elite and touched the hearts of everyone who had the pleasure of working and dancing with him since 2012.
“We and all of Jacks family and friends are naturally completely devastated and at a loss for words and answers.”
Another dance organisation encouraged any kids who were affected by the tragedy to contact medics or Childline.
Jack was laid to rest at St Mary’s Church in Greenock, on December 12.
Students from the studio were asked to wear Alba or Elite Hoodies as they sat together to pay their respects.
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