A teenager has been found dead in her London flat after her mum raised the alarm when friends and family hadn’t heard from her in days.

Benedetta Podeseta had moved to the UK last year and was working in a bar on Tottenham Court Road while studying. She was found lifeless in her bedroom having complained of a ‘fever and headache’ in the days before she was last seen. A post-mortem is due to be carried out, but police are not treating her death a suspicious.

The 18-year-old was originally from the port city of Genoa and her heartbroken family say they have been ‘destroyed’ by her death. Her father Claudio told local media: “Surviving your children is a chilling thing that should never happen. Bibi was a wonderful girl, full of life.”

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