The singer and Voice and X-Factor player, 23, died suddenly while playing on her Xbox

The Voice and The X Factor singer and player, 23, died suddenly while playing on her Xbox late at night with friends online, an inquest has heard

  • Netanya Brook, 23, known as Tanya, died playing Xbox with friends
  • Her mother thought she was sleeping, before realizing something was wrong
  • An inquest heard she had a history of seizures and epilepsy since childhood
  • The coroner ruled she died of unknown natural causes, likely related to epilepsy

A semi-professional gamer who also auditioned for The Voice and The X Factor has died suddenly while playing online with friends late at night, a coroner heard today.

Natanya Brook, 23, – known as Tanya – died while playing Xbox with friends in a virtual reality room, staying up until at least 2am at her home in Aylesford near from Maidstone, Kent and drinking vodka and Coca Cola.

The next morning, her mother, Jenny Brook, checked her room to find her in bed. She thought she was asleep but hours later when she returned to find her daughter in the same position, she knew something was wrong, the inquest heard.

Ms Brook attempted CPR and called emergency services, but Tanya was pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene.

During an inquest, the coroner was told that Tanya was an avid player who played on a team at a ‘very good’ level. She was part of a semi-professional acting team and loved to sing, having auditioned for The X Factor and The Voice.

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Natanya Brook – known as Tanya – died suddenly while playing Xbox with her friends online

Coroner Bina Patel learned how Tanya had been drinking vodka and Coca Cola at the time of her death and was last seen playing by her mother around 2am on August 1.

Jenny explained how Tanya’s gaming friends remembered hearing the gamer suddenly say “ooh, I feel…” and then silence.

She had a history of seizures, including infantile absence epilepsy since the age of six. The condition often placed her in danger as a young child where she would wander away, with her mother saving her from harm on several occasions.

A post-mortem examination performed by Dr. Deirdre McKenna revealed that there were no abnormalities in any of Tanya’s major organs and she was unable to find the exact cause of her death.

Ms Patel recorded a narrative conclusion, stating that Tanya was found in her bedroom at her home on August 1, where she died of unknown but natural causes, likely due to problems with epilepsy.

Speaking about the discovery, her mother Jenny said: ‘We always told Tanya that her epilepsy was a diagnosis and not an excuse to do nothing and that’s how she lived her life. She changed people’s lives, whether it was encouraging people to sing or making them smile.

“She just had this ability to draw people to her. I don’t think she could have done more in 23 years.

The mum explained how Tanya’s gamer friends remembered hearing the gamer suddenly say “ooh, I feel…” and then silence.

“It’s like a switch has gone off. It brings me some peace because I know she wasn’t in pain like they would have heard. I still have a gaping hole inside of me and I miss her because she was such an incredible light in my life.

Paying tribute, she added, “Tanya was my best friend. I told her everything and she told me everything, even some things I didn’t want to know. She had the best sense of humor and no one I know has a bad memory of her.

“Tanya was a real person and could easily stop people from arguing. This girl was beyond amazing.


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