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Child ballet star Jack Burns 'did not deserve the stuff he went through'

A ballet dancer dubbed the next Billy Elliot has died suddenly aged just 14, with friend saying he 'did not deserve the stuff he went through'.

Jack Burns, an accomplished dancer who appeared in the TV drama Outlander in 2014, was found dead at home in Greenock, Inverclyde, on December 1.

He won a place at ballet school aged nine, appeared in ITV thriller Plain Sight, starred opposite Duncan James of Blue and was also in several BBC productions. 

Jack trained at the Elite Academy of Dance in Greenock and the Royal Conservatoire in Glasgow and drew comparisons with Billy Elliot, a role he auditioned for in 2015. 

The teenager, who was described as an 'inspiration' by his teachers and took up dancing seven years ago, also played rugby and football.

Jack Burns, an accomplished ballet dancer, was found dead at home in Greenock, Inverclyde

Jack Burns, an accomplished ballet dancer, was found dead at home in Greenock, Inverclyde

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Jack was described as an 'inspiration' by his teachers, after taking up dancing seven years ago

Jack was described as an 'inspiration' by his teachers, after taking up dancing seven years ago

Tributes have poured in from shocked friends and family, with the cause of the teenager's death unclear. Police have said they are not treating it as suspicious. 

He attended St Columba's School in Kilmacolm and leaves behind his mother Karen, 46, father Robert, 47, and brother Rory, who is also said to have been in Outlander. 

Jack leaves behind his mother Karen, father Robert and brother Rory

Jack leaves behind his mother Karen, father Robert and brother Rory

Jack also worked as a model, fronting campaigns for global brands through his contracts with The Model Team in Glasgow. 

Shocked friends took to Facebook to pay tribute to the boy. One wrote: 'Jack was such an amazing boy and he did not deserve the stuff he went through. He never ever wanted to hurt anyone, there was not a bad bone in his body. 

'I'm absolutely heartbroken that I have lost someone who meant so much to me and many more people.'

Another said: 'Your parents / family / friends must be so unbelievably proud of you and what you've achieved. 

'What an amazing person and to do what makes you happy and be you, no matter what. Takes such rare courage that a lot of us don't have.'

Jack's family home in Greenock, Inverclyde, is pictured today after his death on December 1

Jack's family home in Greenock, Inverclyde, is pictured today after his death on December 1

Flowers left today outside the Elite Academy of Dance in Greenock, where Jack attended
Elite Academy of Dance in Greenock

Flowers left today outside the Elite Academy of Dance in Greenock, where Jack attended

Jack trained at the Elite Academy of Dance in Greenock, which is pictured today

Jack trained at the Elite Academy of Dance in Greenock, which is pictured today

Father Thomas Boyle, priest of St Mary's Church in Greenock, where his funeral will be held tomorrow, told MailOnline: 'This is a tragedy for the family which is inexplicable. 

'Everyone will be at the funeral tomorrow to support Karen, Robert and his brother Rory.

'Everything he participated in so well in his life will be there, from the ballet school, his rugby club and the people he played football with. Everyone's absolutely devastated by what's happened.'

News of his death was shared on the Facebook page of Elite Academy of Dance. A statement read: 'It is with a very heavy heart that we write this post. 

'Tragically as you know we lost our much loved student Jack Burns on Sunday, December 1. 

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