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Team GB footballer Gemma Wiseman tragically dies just days before Christmas

Team GB footballer Gemma Wiseman tragically dies just days before Christmas

The sports star, 33, leaves behind her wife Laura and their three-year-old daughter

Team GB footballer Gemma Wiseman was found dead at age 33 just three days before Christmas.

Famed for having won a bronze medal at the 2016 World Deaf Football Championships in Italy, the footballer leaves behind her wife Laura Wiseman and their three-year-old daughter.

Gemma's body was discovered by a member of the public in a park on the outskirts of Rackheath, Norwich on December 16.

Footballer Gemma Wiseman passed away on 16 December.

An inquest into her cause of death was launched at Norfolk Coroner's Court yesterday.

According to the Metro, the medical cause of her death was 'constrictions of neck structures', the court heard.

Another inquest to determine the cause of death will be held next year on July 29.

Since her unexpected passing, a GoFundMe page set up by Alex Cliff and David Salmon to 'help pay for Gemma’s funeral and give her the send off she truly deserves', which has since raised £7,695 as of writing.

The GoFundMe message reads: "Her family and friends are devastated.

"Gemma was a kind and caring person with a great sense of humour.

Gemma, her wife Laura and their three-year-old daughter.

"Everywhere she went she brought laughter and energy with her and easily made friends with anyone who was lucky enough to meet her.

"So if you are able to donate anything at all this would be hugely appreciated."

The message finishes by saying: "It's ok to not be ok."

The mum-of-one, who was from Plymouth, Devon, first plummeted into the spotlight three years prior to her 2016 victory in Italy after she bagged a bronze medal at the Deafympics in Bulgaria back in 2013.

She, along with her wife, had also supported of Norfolk FA's first inclusive football festival for women and girls, and played for several local clubs.

"Girls who are not sure about playing football, you never know until you try and follow your heart," she told the Norfolk FA back in 2021.

"It's important to have the girls look up to as role models, so they can prove them wrong and be able to play the sport that they enjoy."

Many offered their condolences to Gemma's loved ones.

As well as being a talented football player, Gemma was also teaching assistant at a school in Norwich.

Many offered their condolences to her family on GoFundMe, with one person writing: "Thinking of you all."

Another said: "Sending lots of love to laura and family, you’ll never be forgotten Gemma, such an amazing person, fly high."

If you have experienced a bereavement and would like to speak with someone in confidence, contact Cruse Bereavement Care via their national helpline on 0808 808 1677

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/@gwiseman46/Facebook

Topics: Sport, Celebrity