A young woman has been found dead at her home – just days after laughing and having fun with her pals.
Ilona Grant, 23, was discovered in Neath, Wales, last Tuesday, with her friends in “complete shock” by her sudden death.
They say “they can’t get their heads around her passing”, while police are treating her death as “non suspicious”.
Ilona’s close pal Caitlin Bennett, 24, said the young woman was an “amazing person” who “loved her friends and nights out”.
She told Wales Online : "When I last saw her the Friday before, she seemed fine. We were laughing and just taking silly pictures on our phones.
“She was as a person who was always there for everyone.”
Ilona had studied performing arts at Neath Talbot College and had a keen interest in beauty and make-up.
Another friend, Raquel Davies, said that the young woman had a “good network of friends and family”.
She added: “Everyone is still in shock, it’s not really registering with people at the moment.”
Ms Davies is now promoting a fundraiser in memory of Ilona.
It will be a celebration of her life, and raise money towards her funeral fund, she said.
There will be live music, raffles, glitter fest and make-up.
Other friends of Ilona have said she will be “deeply missed”, and that “any support or help for the fund will be deeply appreciated”.
A police spokeswoman said: "South Wales Police is investigating the sudden death of a 23-year-old woman in the Neath area.
"Officers were called to an address in Gnoll Avenue at approximately 10.25pm on Tuesday, February 6. The death is not being treated as suspicious. Next of kin and HM Coroner have been informed."
Ilona’s death has been reported to the coroner but her inquest is yet to be opened.