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Wednesday, August 5, 1998 Published at 06:52 GMT 07:52 UK


'Ecstasy' teenager dies

The teenager who died in a Scottish hospital

Margaret Stewart describes her friend Julia
An 18-year-old fitness instructor has died, apparently after taking ecstasy.

Julia Dawes died in Perth Royal Infirmary after falling into a coma.

[ image: Julia was treated in intensive care]
Julia was treated in intensive care
Four people have been charged in connection with the incident by Tayside Police.

She fell ill shortly after arriving home on Sunday from a night out celebrating a friend's birthday and was found unconscious in her bedroom.

It is believed she took two ecstasy tablets during the evening as she visited different nightclubs.

[ image: Owned by Julia's parents: the shop where she worked]
Owned by Julia's parents: the shop where she worked
Friends said she had danced for several hours and seemed fine when she left them.

She fell into a coma and her parents, Alan and Jacqueline, who own the fitness shop where Julia worked made the decision to switch off her life support machine.

A statement from the hospital said that the teenager's parents and her 16-year-old brother Jonathon were "deeply grieved".

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