Homeless BBC TV star found hanged in her flat after turning her life around

A homeless woman who "turned her life around" after starring in a BBC documentary was found hanged at home this month.

Family members have paid tribute to Paige Greenaway, the 'Love And Drugs On The Street' star who slept rough before getting a job and improving her situation.

Paige, 23, who was homeless for seven years spoke to the BBC about battling her addiction as well as mental health issues.

Her mum, Edell, 47, said that appearing on the documentary had encouraged Paige to turn her life around and she was looking forward to the future.

After the documentary aired in 2017, Paige got a job as an Avon lady, was looking towards joining the navy and had signed up to a hair and beauty course at college.

She was also due to start a business with her mum selling soaps and candles.

Paige was tragically found dead in her Brighton flat on February 9.

An inquest into Paige's death was adjourned earlier this month.

Senior Coroner Veronica Hamilton-Deeley was told that police officers forced entry to the 23-year-old’s flat after worried friends had not been able to contact her.

Paige's mum last saw her two weeks before her death, she now vows to set up a soup kitchen in Paige's name as well as sharing her daughter's story to help others.

She told the Mirror.co.uk: “This has come as a massive shock to us all, she was in such a good place.

“Paige really pulled up her socks and came back with a fight.

“She was so excited to see what would happen next and had planned to move back home.

“But it was like she was fighting a never-ending battle with her own demons as well.

“We cannot believe she has passed away.”

While appearing on the BBC show, Paige spoke honestly about her struggles and about was open about sleeping in a tent in a graveyard in Brighton.

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She said: “I know how I ended up in this situation. It was because my mental health deteriorated, the way I clashed with my mum. I was a runaway child.”

In a more uplifting scene on the BBC show, she vowed: “I'm 21. I've got my whole life ahead of me. I don't want to be part of this community anymore.

“It's hard because I've grown up around it.

“It's what I've known from squats and things but I've experienced it. I'm done now.

“I want to go and experience the real world.”

For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected] , visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

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