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Toby Young’s half sister, 25, died suddenly after falling ill at home with headache during heatwave


The half-sister of writer and commentator Toby Young has died suddenly after complaining of a headache.

Gaia Young, 25, died on July 21 after being rushed to hospital after falling ill during a heat wave.

She had fallen ill while eating and lay down on the couch in the family’s front room to recuperate.

Gaia was the daughter of Lord Michael Young who died at the age of 86 when she was only five years old.

Her death is currently being treated as inexplicable because the first autopsy performed on her was inconclusive. She tested negative for Covid in the hospital.

She is the half sister of writer and journalist Mr Young, as Lord Young was also his father.

Her mother Dorit said, “Suddenly she leaves the table. We didn’t even notice at first.

Then she calls on the landline to say, ‘Mom, I’ve got a bad headache, I’m in the front room.’

Gaia Young, 25, was the daughter of Labor Lord Michael Young, who died when she was five

“Gaia herself thought she had sunstroke.

“But an hour later she was throwing up viciously and at 9.30 pm the ambulance came, I was there with her,” she added to the Evening Standard.

An ambulance took her to University College London Hospital, but less than a day later she was pronounced brain dead.

The graduate, who was healthy, received her second Covid shot in March and her death is not considered vaccine related.

The family held a funeral for Gaia’s passing last week.

A spokesperson for UCLH said: ‘Our deepest condolences go out to the loved ones of Gaia at this very sad and difficult time. We are in contact with her family and are looking into the circumstances that led to her death.”

Her half-brother, Toby Young, said in a statement: “It is an unspeakable tragedy for which there is no clear explanation.

“Gaia ate healthy, exercised regularly, took no drugs, and drank only occasionally and in moderation.

“No doubt some people will speculate that her sudden death was a rare side effect of the Covid vaccine, but she had her second shot in March, about four months earlier, so at first glance that seems unlikely.

‘She tested negative for Covid in the hospital.

“The death of a family member is always hard to bear, but for a healthy 25-year-old it is especially hard to be suddenly taken from you.

‘She was a nice person – kind, funny, smart, creative, loyal, conscientious, endlessly curious.

“She had the world at her feet. I know we don’t live in a just universe, but Gaia’s death still feels terribly unfair.”

A fundraiser, set up by Dorit and friend Busayo Agbetuyi, has already raised more than £9,000 for the three charities – The Little Princess Trust, The Skid Row Running Club and the Covid-19 Homeless Taskforce – that Gaia supported.

The tribute on the fundraiser page read: “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our great friend Gaia Young, who passed away unexpectedly and suddenly on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at the age of 25.

“Anyone who had the pleasure of knowing Gaia will remember her kindness, intelligence, creativity, free spirit and courage to always be her authentic self.

“Our grief at her passing is beyond words.”

A Bristol history graduate, Gaia was researching her family tree for a book about her father.

Lord Young wrote the Labor Party manifesto ‘Let Us Face the Future’ in 1945.

She'd said she'd felt sick on July 21 and thought she'd had heat stroke before she had to go to the hospital

She’d said she’d felt sick on July 21 and thought she’d had heat stroke before she had to go to the hospital

Gaia was the half sister of noted writer and commentator Toby Yong, seen here in 2014

Gaia was the half sister of noted writer and commentator Toby Yong, seen here in 2014

Ms. Young added: “It was important to her because we were our own unit that was kind of on the side of the family.

“Her half-siblings are much older than she is and I had a big age difference between me and Michael.

“She wanted so much to be part of the family and she was a great historian. We were a formidable team.

“As soon as Gaia saw someone in need, she would spring into action. That’s exactly what her father used to do,” says Ms. Young.

“She followed in his footsteps. There is no end to what she could have achieved.

“I miss her inspiration, her way of doing things so differently than I do, I miss her telling me.

“I miss seeing her come down the stairs every morning in a fabulous new outfit.”

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