‘So much has changed in just one year’: Heartbroken fiancé posts touching tribute to BBC Three star Jasmine Burkitt, who appeared on a reality show about dwarfism and died after an overdose of antipsychotics
- Jasmine Burkitt’s fiancé shared a moving tribute after she died in their tent
- Lewis Burke says ‘everything has changed’ as he struggles to come to terms with his death
- Former BBC star died after overdosing on medication to treat depression
- The couple lived in a tent at the time, but were ‘living their best life’
The heartbroken fiancé of a BBC Three star with dwarfism who died after taking too many antidepressants is still coming to terms with his new reality, tragically telling friends and family: ‘Everything changed in one year only.”
Jasmine Burkitt, 28, died at her home in Bodelwyddan, North Wales, in June earlier this year – 12 years after rising to fame in the four-part documentary, Small Teen Bigger World.
The documentary followed the lives of Ms Burkitt and her mother Bev – who also suffered from dwarfism – for 12 months, capturing the teenager’s 16th birthday, a trip to New York and her efforts to find her biological father.
In the years since the show aired, Bev had tragically died and Ms. Burkitt had fallen in love with Lewis Burke. The couple were engaged and making plans for the future at the time of his death.
Ms Burkitt and her fiancé Mr Burk (pictured with their dog, Loki), were living in a tent as they could not find suitable accommodation They said they made the tent their own and were ‘living their best life’ before his tragic death
Now, Mr. Burke faces a reality in which those dreams will never come true. He said in a tribute to his late fiancée on Monday that it was hard to understand how much his life had changed in just one year.
“Everything has changed,” he said.
Shortly after his death, he shared a sweet photo with Ms Burkitt and their dog, Loki, smiling inside their tent.
‘What am I supposed to do without you?’ he wrote next to the photograph.
“Living with loss is the hardest thing I or anyone will ever have to do, especially when it’s your soul mate.
“I have no idea how to deal with all of this and I’m not well. It eats me up inside and it’s all I think about all day, every day.
“It’s all part of life, it’s the hardest part of life but a part nonetheless. We are all going to die and it is happening faster than we would like.
Mr Burke paid a moving tribute to ‘the love of his life’ on Monday, writing ‘everything has changed in a year’ alongside this picture of Ms Burkitt
Burkitt (pictured) and his mother Bev suffered from an undiagnosed form of dwarfism which doctors could not find the cause
The couple lived in a tent and were technically homeless, but Mr Burke said they were “very proud” of the home they had built and were “living their best life”.
They had invested in a “very large and beautiful canvas bell tent”, had access to electricity, running water and a fireplace and even had an Xbox and a television.
“We weren’t living in misery,” he said. ‘Far from there. Our home was safe and secure. It was our home and we were very proud of it.
Ms. Burkitt dreamed of one day buying land with her fiancé and living off the grid, on her own.
Speaking at the opening of an inquest into her death on Monday, Coroner John Gittins said Ms Burkitt died of toxicity from quetiapine, an antipsychotic drug used to treat depression.
Initially, the couple pitched this tent in a friend’s garden. They intended to buy land and live sustainably
Mr Burke was then hospitalized for heart surgery and his mother had the devastating task of officially identifying him after finding his body.
Ms Burkitt’s grandfather, Norman, said his family were devastated to learn of her untimely death, but took comfort in knowing that she had been reunited with her late mother.
“Jasmine is now safe in your arms,” he said in a tribute to his daughter, Bev, on what would have been her 59th birthday.
Bev suffered from lung and respiratory problems in addition to her inexplicable dwarfism and died in 2014.
A full inquest into Ms Burkitt’s death will take place at a later date.