Mental health trust probe ‘untoward incident’ which led to death of musician’s daughter

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A mental health trust is carrying out a “sudden untoward incident” inquiry following the death of the daughter of trip hop star Tricky, a coroner has heard.

Mina Topley-Bird died aged 24 at West Park Hospital, Darlington, in May, an inquest was told.

She was the daughter of Tricky and singer Martina Topley-Bird and was a member of a music collective.

County Durham Senior Coroner Jeremy Chipperfield, sitting at Crook Civic Centre, held a brief hearing to learn of progress made in the inquest process.

The coroner’s officer told him: “This is a lady that has passed away in West Park Hospital, Darlington.

“Tees Esk and Wear Valleys Mental Health Services are doing a sudden untoward incident investigation which is not due until October 21.”

The coroner adjourned the case for a further “mention hearing” on October 28.

Following his daughter’s death, Tricky wrote on Facebook: “I thought I knew what loss was, but now my daughter is gone I realise I had no idea what it was after all.

“It feels like I’m in a world that doesn’t exist, knowing nothing will ever be the same again.

“No words or text can really explain – my soul feels empty.”

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