Natanya Brook, a passionate video game player and talented singer, was just 23 when she died unexpectedly while playing with pals online in her home
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- 15:47, 20 Jan 2022
Natanya Brook was a passionate fan of all things related to gaming and music.
The late 23-year-old had not only auditioned for talent competitions like The X Factor and The Voice in the past, but also frequently uploaded clips of herself singing to social media.
Natanya's cause of death was confirmed earlier this week – after the semi-professional gamer with epilepsy died suddenly while playing Xbox with her friends late at night.
The keen singer – also known as Tanya – was playing on her Xbox with friends in a virtual reality room the night before and into the morning of her death, staying up until at least 2am last August 1.
During the middle of a game, Tanya suddenly stopped talking and fell silent, an inquest has been told.
Semi-professional gamer Natanya Brook was just 23 when she sadly passed away last year
The talented youngster had tried her luck auditioning for shows like The X Factor in the past
Tanya had been living close to Kent with her family at the time of her death, residing on Heathcote Close, Aylesford, near Maidstone.
Her body was discovered by her heartbroken mother Jenny Brook, who paid tribute to her late daughter at the hearing surrounding her tragic death.
"She had the best sense of humour, and nobody I know had a bad memory of her," she said at the inquest.
"Tanya was a real people’s person and could easily stop people arguing. This girl was beyond amazing."
She also said Tanya was a passionate gamer who played on a team at a "very good" level.
Alongside her only gaming career, the late singer would frequently upload snippets of her amazing vocal skills to social media.
Tanya had changed her focus to gaming rather than singer as she grew older
The singer would still sometimes display her 'hidden talent' in TikTok posts now and again
In one impressive TikTik post from 2018, Tanya belted out a rendition of Demi Lovato's Warrior for her followers on the app.
"My hidden talent," she captioned the black screen recording of her singing voice.
"Cover of Warrior by Demi Lovato. What's ur [sic] hidden talent?"
Also on the late singer's TikTok were humourous clips and relatable posts that showed off her funny side, as well as her many talents.
A fan of The Vampire Diaries, Tanya would often mime along to clips from the supernatural teen drama television series and hop on the latest trends on the app.
Tanya would post funny clips to TikTok, like many girls her age
The late gamer often jumped on trending topics to mime along to famous scenes from TV shows
After auditioning for the likes of The X Factor and The Voice, the late gamer was clearly keen to pursue a career in singing at one point during her short life.
Tanya would often take request from fans online about which songs she would cover next when honing her vocal skills.
Speaking to her YouTube subscribers almost a decade ago, the late online star asked viewers to help pick the next video she uploaded.
"I don't know what the song's going to be yet but if you subscribe, leave a comment on what songs you'd like doing, I'll really appreciate that.
"I guess I'll see you when you, like, give me a song to sing! Alright guys, bye."
A post-mortem report from Dr Deirdre McKenna at the inquest regarding her sad death revealed there were no abnormalities in any of Tanya's major organs and that she was unable to find the exact mechanism which caused her death.
But she found that on the balance of probabilities the medical cause of death was sudden unexpected death in epilepsy.
Speaking about the finding, mum Jenny explained how her late daughter's condition never stopped her doing anything in her brief time on earth.
"We always told Tanya her epilepsy was a diagnosis and not an excuse to not do anything, and that’s how she lived her life," she said at the inquest.
"She changed people’s lives whether it be encouraging people to sing or making them smile.
"She just had this ability to pull people towards her. I don’t think there is any more she could’ve done in her 23 years."
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