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White Dee's tribute to 'amazing' friend Fiona Reid

2015-05-19 10:06:13

White DeeDeirdre 'White Dee' Kelly

Benefits Street star Deirdre ‘White Dee’ Kelly has paid tribute to her tragic friend Fiona Reid, whose died in a horror car smash in Jamaica.

Dee told how her “amazing” pal had “been there” for her and the pair were last in touch just days before tragedy struck on the sunshine island.

fiona reidFiona Reid who died in a car accident in Jamaica

Fiona’s devastated family are desperately trying to raise £15,000 to bring her body back to Birmingham because she had no travel insurance when she died on May 11.

Police in Jamaica say the 31-year-old was a passenger in a Toyota Yaris when the driver lost control and collided with a truck.

Dee said: “She posted a picture on Facebook and I messaged ‘You look absolutely amazing’. She messaged back ‘I love you Momma Dee’. That was about two days before I found out she’d gone.”

Fiona, nicknamed FeFe and who was from Aston, leaves a 10-year-old boy and a four-year-old girl.

Dee revealed how her friend of 15 years had comforted her when her mum Cathy passed away in September 2011.

Fiona31-year-old Fiona Reid from Aston, who died in a horror car smash in Jamaica

“I still think about my mum every single day,” said Dee. “I’ve got my kids, parents should never have to bury a child. It’s just horrible and an absolute tragedy.

“She was just an amazing woman, she’s so young but was there for everybody, she’s even been there for me.

“She was there for me when my mum passed away. When you’re not feeling well, she’d go do your shopping. For someone so young she had such an old, sensible head on her shoulders.

“It’s still kind of unreal. It’s horrible being over here as her friend, I can’t imagine how her family are feeling. She’s got two amazing young kids. We’re really going to miss her.”

Dee and her family went to a fundraising memorial for Fiona, at the Emerald Club in Small Heath on Sunday.

“It just goes to show how loved that girl was,” added Dee. “It was emotional and you just felt like she was going to walk in.”

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