One of Britain’s top pole dancers has died suddenly at the age of just 27 after posting that she was finding lockdown ‘so hard’.
Jess Leanne Norris, from Bolton in Lancashire, was a two-time winner of Miss Pole Dance UK.
Details of how Ms Norris died have not been revealed, but last year she launched a fundraising drive in aid of mental health charities.
In April she also put up an emotional post on Facebook saying she was finding lockdown ‘so so hard’ and that a lot of us are feeling ‘stressed, lost and lonely’.
The post on April 4 read: ‘I myself am finding this so so hard…it always takes me time to adapt to ‘change’ mentally as I’m one to need structure to cope with mind!
‘A lot of us are all feeling stressed, lost & lonely… but please don’t feel alone… We’re all in this together.’
Ms Norris also has a separate ‘health and wellness’ Facebook page called ‘You Matter’ where she posted about her depression and anxiety as well as sharing quotes about mental health.
Friends said she had a huge influence on the pole dancing industry, setting up her first pole dancing studio at the age of 15.
She won her first Miss Pole Dance UK title in 2011, and claimed the crown for a second time in 2015.
People from across the pole dancing and fitness community have been sharing the impact Miss Norris had on their lives.