Tragic teen was wearing beloved Rangers strip when mum made heartbreaking decision to turn off life support machineby Justin Bowie
A TRAGIC teenager was wearing her beloved Rangers strip and a Fernando Ricksen scarf when her mum made the heartbreaking decision to turn off her life support machine.
Chef Lauren Reid, 19, fell ill after suffering a massive asthma attack during her shift at Gin71 in Glasgow’s Merchant City last Friday and never regained consciousness.
Devastated mum Elaine confirmed to The Scottish Sun that Lauren was wearing the Gers top when she died - while draped in a Ricksen scarf.
And the Glasgow teen’s family have called for a minute’s applause this Saturday when Steven Gerrard's men face Livingston at the weekend.
Gers pub The Louden Tavern wrote: “Her family is completely devastated and have asked if it is possible for her fellow bears to have a round of applause on the 19th minute of this Saturday’s game against Livingston.”
Paying tribute on Facebook, mum Elaine hailed the young chef as “wonderful” and “caring”.
She wrote: “The hardest post ever ever in world.
“2 days ago on Tuesday I had switch off my beautiful baby daughter’s life support.
“Lauren Reid had a massive asthma and heart attack at her beloved work Gin 71 on Fri 7th.
“The wonderful beautiful caring person died doing the job she loved.
“The support has been absolutely immense everybody knows who they are. She is now with the angels to and she passed to Robbie’s song.
“She was the most amazing person never mind daughter and I thank everybody from the bottom of my heart for the support.”
Gin71 chief Paul Reynolds said staff were “devastated” by the sudden loss.
He said: “As a small business we are totally devastated for the loss of Lauren.
“Lauren joined us as an apprentice out of school when she was 16.
"Lauren was always a quiet kid and really flourished into a confident member of our kitchen team at Cup and Gin71 at Merchant City.
"The Cup and Gin71 family are heartbroken for Elaine, John and Helen and all of her lifelong friends.”
Gers fans on forum FollowFollow also paid tribute.
One wrote: “Tragic news. Her whole life ahead of her. God only knows how a parent deals with that. Thoughts, prayers and strength to the family. RIP young Lauren.”
Another commented: “Tragic indeed and immensely sad. Puts things in perspective. Condolences to her family and friends. Rest easy Lauren.”
And a third poster said: “Thoughts and prayers go out to the family, such a young life to be lost.”