Manchester Arena bombing survivor found dead in apartment in Ibiza

A survivor of the Manchester Arena terror attack has been found dead at her holiday apartment in Ibiza.

Friends paid tribute to mum-of-one Jodie Leigh Priest following her sudden death just over a year after the bombing that claimed 23 lives.

Police confirmed Jodie was found dead in her room at the Ses Savines apartments facing the beach at San Antonio at around 9am yesterday.

Officers believe she died of natural causes, but they are awaiting tests from a post mortem.

A receptionist at the holiday apartments said she was unable to offer any information.

T he 34-year-old was one of thousands of people caught in a terror attack at an Ariana Grande on May 22, 2017.


Best friend Matthew Hewitt said in a Facebook post that he and Jodie had been left with PTSD after getting caught in the attack as they left the concert.

Saying she died just days away from her doting son’s seventh birthday, he wrote: “She’s left her little boy Jake who’s seven on Tuesday. He was her angel.

“She loved that boy to bits and always will. I just want to know Jodie is ok up there because right now it breaks my heart to even write this post.

“I have tears down my face writing this. I never thought I would be writing anything like this. RIP Jodie I love you so much and always will.”

Jodie had spoken on social media about her son’s battle with talipes or club foot, a condition that can affect one or both of baby’s feet from birth.

She described herself on one of her Facebook accounts as a person who was “looking after my lil boy, making sure he loves life and his mummy.”

The Sheffield Star previously reported how the mum had been leaving Manchester Arena when when a bomb blast killed 23 people.

Police sources said this morning there was nothing to suggest the tourist’s death was the result of any crime but they would know more after an autopsy, which could lead to more tests taking place.

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