TRIBUTES have poured in for a former Wigan student who died from a suspected allergic reaction while at a Manchester restaurant.
Winstanley College principal Louise Tipping, along with friends and family, have expressed their heartfelt condolences after 18-year-old Shahida Shahid collapsed in the street and later died having earlier eaten at Almost Famous burger bar last Friday.
Now police have launched a joint investigation with the Food Standards Agency to establish the exact circumstances. The FSA says it is looking into the possibility that the teenager suffered an allergic reaction to something she ate there.
The tragedy came just a month after new rules were brought in by the Food Standards Agency in the hope of giving people with allergies more confidence to buy food and eat at restaurants.
Ms Tipping said: “We were very shocked and saddened to hear about the death of Shahida Shahid.
“She was a popular and well-liked former student of the college and had a very bright future ahead of her. Our deepest sympathies are with her family and friends.”
Writing on Facebook Shahida’s cousin, Farjana Alam, said: “To God we belong and to God we return. My beautiful, brilliant, kind, loving cousin has passed away.
“Please everyone keep her in your prayers. I still cannot believe she’s gone and my heart aches with pain that she has left the world.
“May Allah grant her mercy and take her to the highest of Jannah. Everyone please pray for her and her family’s strength.” Friends also took to Twitter to express their sympathies over Shahida’s death.
Sophie tweeted: “So last night I found out that one of my friends was taken off life support few hours ago and sadly passed away. RIP SHAHIDA sadly missed.”
Gemma Woodward wrote: “So much to live for, RIP Shahida xxxxx so so amazing.”
In a statement Marie Carter, company director of Almost Famous, said: “We are absolutely devastated to hear the tragic news that this young lady has passed away.
“Our thoughts are with her family and friends.
“As the authorities are conducting investigations it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage.”