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Former journalist dies from heart attack aged 27

A former regional journalist has died at the age of 27 after suffering a heart attack while on her honeymoon.

Kristy Cadman-Jones, left, worked as a trainee reporter for the Birmingham Post for more than a year in 2006.

She died on 9 January after suffering a cardiac arrest while on a month long tour of Cambodia for her honeymoon with husband Damian.

A statement released by her family said: “We are devastated by the loss of Kristy who passed away on her honeymoon in Cambodia at the tender age of 27 after heart and cardiovascular system arrest.

“Kristy was a warm, loving and generous young woman with her whole life ahead of her.”

Kristy had taken her NCTJ pre-entry exams and as well as working for the Post also did work experience with a number of other Midlands titles including the Leicester Mercury, Birmingham Mail, Sunday Mercury, Leamington Courier and Coventry Evening Telegraph.

However she eventually decided against a career in journalism and went to become a branch manager in Leicester for financial recruitment firm, Robert Half.

Phil Sheridan, Robert Half managing director, said: “Kristy played a key role in our Leicester division and we are all extremely saddened by this news.

“Our thoughts and sympathy are with Damian, family and friends during this most sorrowful time.”

Kristy and Damian were married in July and had been living in Broughton Astley, near Hinckley.

A Facebook tribute page has also been set up in her memory in which she was described as a ‘legend’ and a ‘shining star’.

One friend wrote : “Kristy Cadman-Jones, you certainly knew how to make a lasting impression, R.I.P.”

Her father-in-law Adam McHenry said she was a wonderful, outgoing and genuinely inspiring person.

Her family are believed to have flown out to Cambodia and have been given support by the British Foreign Office to return her body to the UK.