Olivia Rae Clee-Barnett Swine Flu Victim (PHOTO)

By: Bill Waters
Staff Writer
Published: Jan 5, 2021

Olivia Rae Clee-Barnett swine flu victim. Olivia Rae Clee-Barnett is the latest swine flu victim who died in the early hours on Sunday. She was a teenager who won on a recent TV talent show.

Clee-Barnett, 17, is the sixth victim from Merseyside to die from the swine flu in the United Kingdom.

The teenager had a passion for music and the theatre and was part of the team that won Sky Tv's Grease: The School Musical competition in 2009.

Friends of Olivia were shocked when they first heard the news and have set up a Facebook page to remember the student, who attended Wallasey School's sixth form in the Wirral.

"She was drop dead gorgeous, she had friends, a family and a boyfriend who all love her very much," one person wrote. Someone else on the fan page wrote: "She was smart and extremely talented at singing, acting, dancing and creative writing. She was a brilliant friend."

A close friend to Olivia Rae Clee-Barnett said she was asthmatic and died of swine flu on Sunday at 2 a.m.

It comes as almost a quarter of intensive care beds in some hospitals are now being taken up by patients suffering the severe effects of the flu virus.