Scots teen Lily Douglas tragically dies as mum confirms she ‘danced her way to heaven’

Robert Hundley

Scots cancer teen Lily Douglas has tragically died, with her devastated family tonight revealing that she has ‘danced her way to heaven’.

The 14-year-old’s heartbroken mum Jane shared the devastating news that she had passed away in a social media post on Sunday evening.

Lily, from Perth, bravely battled Ewing Sarcoma – a rare type of cancer that affects bones or the tissue around bones – since 2017.

She arrived at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary on Friday January 14 to begin a potential breakthrough drug trial, but before doctors could get started, she suffered a brain bleed.

Medics told Jane they were not sure if Lily would last the night and that if she did survive, they ‘didn’t know what damage would be done’.

Lily opened her eyes on Sunday and managed to chat with her mum
Lily opened her eyes on Sunday and managed to chat with her mum

Brave Lily managed to open her eyes on Sunday and was able to chat to her mum, eat something and even check her phone for messages.

But last night Jane confirmed the youngster had ‘danced her way to heaven’ after passing away at 7.17pm.

In a statement issued on Facebook, Jane wrote: “Her heart failed but she was on the sofa at home, cuddled into me where she wanted to be.

“She will leave a massive hole in my heart. If love could have saved her she would have lived to a million years old.

Lily's brave battle has captured the hearts of thousands who have been moved by her bravery and determination
Lily’s brave battle has captured the hearts of thousands who have been moved by her bravery and determination

“She is at peace and is finally in no more pain.

“Even with cancer, Lily lived her best life and was loved by everyone. I hope I made her proud.

“I was her mum, we were a great team. “Please keep Leon in your prayers, he will need lots of love and support.

“It’s not goodbye, she will be waiting on me. It’s only time that will keep us apart.”

“She looks so beautiful and peaceful and even died with her beautiful, blonde hair.

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“Thank you all for your love and support. I could not have done this without you all.”

Lily’s inspirational fight saw her scoop a Pride of Scotland Award last year where she was crowned Teenager of Courage.

Her tenacity did not go unrecognised by a host of famous faces.

Strictly Come Dancing icon Dame Arlene Phillips built a strong bond with the hero schoolgirl.

Lily’s bravery even inspired the TV star to take part in last year’s I’m A Celebrity . . . Get Me Out Of Here!

Arelene, 78, said on the show: “One of the bravest, most fearless girls is a little girl I know called Lily Douglas, she’s so fearless.

“I thought, here I am afraid of so many things. What better way can you push yourself than to do something like this?”

Closer to home, Lewis Capaldi gave Lily ‘the best day of her life’ when he invited her on stage when he performed at TRNSMT in 2019.

The Someone You Loved singer sent a video message to Lily at an awards ceremony before striking up a friendship over Instagram.

He invited her and pal Yasmin Chan to come meet him in the artist village backstage – where he surprised her with the chance of a lifetime to hang out side stage.

Lewis Capaldi and Lily Douglas

The pair also wowed online followers when they took part in a popular TikTok challenge together.

Gorgeous Lily’s talents didn’t end at dancing.

In October last year she took to the catwalk, modelling prom dresses alongside Miss Scotland, Claudia Todd who hailed the teen as ‘beautiful and talented’.

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Loved ones paid tribute to Lily in their droves hailing her as ‘an amazing girl ‘ with ‘a beautiful heart’.

One said: “Omg Jane, I am devastated for you, she was a beautiful girl with a beautiful heart.”

Another added: “Jane I am so so heartbroken for your loss, she was such an amazing girl.”

A third said: “Jane I am so so sorry.

“Lily was a beautiful, special little girl and she touched so many lives.

“I am heartbroken for you all. Much love.”

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