BBC reality TV star Jasmine Burkitt has died aged 28.

Burkitt, who is known as Jazz, appeared in BBC Three programs The big world of a small teenager in 2010 to share her experience of being born with dwarfism.

Her death was confirmed on Facebook by her fiance, Lewis Burke, who said she died “after a life-long battle with a very serious mental illness”.

Burke wrote: “She is the most incredible human being that has ever walked the planet, she is the strongest, funnest, kindest and purest person I have ever known.

“I was really devastated. She changed my life forever and I will never be the same.”

The 3 ft 11 TV character appeared in The big world of a small teenager along with her mother, Bev, who passed away in 2014. She has taken care of her mother since the age of 13.

Burkitt said at the time that she appeared on the show to encourage people to treat her like any other teen, as opposed to “treating her like a doll and . .. a child”.


Last year, Burkitt and Burke spoke publicly about their lives living in a bell hut with their dog Loki in Bodelwyddan, Denbighshire, after being unable to secure a home through council.

Speaking to North Wales Live, Burkitt said: “I think tent life saved us and made us. Of course there are downsides as I am a bit more vulnerable with my health history.

“A few days in the summer to live by the river are some of the happiest I have ever experienced. I like being away from people a lot and being in nature. “

If you are going through feelings of distress and isolation, or are struggling to cope, the Samaritans are supportive; you can speak to someone for free by phone, on 116 123 (UK and ROI), email or visit the Samaritans website to find details of a nearest branch your most.

If you live in the United States and you or someone you know needs mental health support right now, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The Helpline is a free, confidential crisis hotline that is available to everyone 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

If you are in another country, you can go to to find a helpline near you.


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