Cloud Atlas child actor Mya-Lecia Naylor died by misadventure, not suicide says coroner
Last Modified: Sep 10, 2019
British child actress Mya-Lecia Naylor, who died at the age of 16 earlier this year, hanged herself on 7 April 2019 unintentionally at her family home, say reports.
According to the assistant coroner in the case, Toby Watkin, Naylor’s death was by “misadventure” and was “unintentional”.
Watkin said, “Death by misadventure indicates although the deceased deliberately carried out the acts, they did not intend to bring about their death.” He added that she died at the hospital from “fatal pressure to her neck. I find she did not intend to her own life.” According to Daily Mail, a toxicology report said there was no evidence of drugs or alcohol in Naylor’s system.
The young actress was taken to hospital after being found by her mother Zena Beggs in a marquee at her home in South Norwood, South London. But soon after, she was pronounced dead at the Croydon University Hospital.
Mya-Lecia Naylor was due to sit her GCSEs that summer but her grades were lower than expected. The family revealed had also been grounded and banned from attending a party and had spent the night before watching a film with her family that included a scene of the suicide.
Mya-Lecia Naylor’s father Martin Naylor, told the South London Coroner’s Court, “She knew she needed to get on with her revision and she had plans scheduled out for her revision. I honestly believe she was just making some sort of point. I genuinely believe she did not mean to do it. It was a silly spur of the moment thing. She clearly had plans for the future.”
Naylor had been cast in Netflix’s The Witcher, Cloud Atlas, CBBC shows Millie Inbetween and Almost Never, having started acting since she was a toddler in Absolutely Fabulous as Saffy's daughter Jane.