A member of staff Jessica Whalley who tragically passed away at Michael Owen’s Manor House Stables has been named as 25-year-old Jessica Whalley, who worked for the former footballer as a transport manager.
What happened to Jessica Whalley?
Jessica Whalley tragically passed away at the stables owned by former Liverpool and England striker Michael Owen Cheshire Police said: “At around 8.50am today, Tuesday 28 March, police were made aware that a 25-year-old woman had collapsed at a stables on Old Coach Road, Malpas.
“Emergency services attended the location and, despite the best efforts of all those involved, the woman sadly died at the scene.
Jessica Mair posted on Facebook:
‘So sad seeing him [Michael Owen] and all his staff in tears today .. after such a shock to them .. such a young age, no health problems 25 is no age .. life is too short for we never really know how long we have .. thoughts go out to her family and friends.
Cause of Death
Owen and staff at Manor House Stables were in tears when horsewoman and former beauty queen Jessica Whalley, 25, collapsed and could not be revived by paramedics, according to witnesses.
“The death is not being treated as suspicious and her next of kin have been informed. A file will be prepared for the coroner.” Jessica Known as Jess to her colleagues, she was a transport manager at the stables near Malpas, Cheshire, which are also owned by the former striker’s daughter, Love Island star Gemma Owen, 19.
“It is with deep sadness that we have to announce that a much-valued member of our team died at work this morning,” Manor House Stables said in a statement. “The family has been informed and both the family and the team at Manor House request privacy at this time.
Jessica Whalley – A Beauty Pageant
As per the source in 2019, Whalley entered the Miss Tourism Universe pageant and reached the last ten, with the event held in Beirut and broadcast by MTV. George McGrath, CEO of the National Association of Racing Staff, described Whalley as a “much loved and respected member of the racing community” in a touching tribute to the 25-year-old.
“Jessica had worked in Newmarket for a time,” McGrath said. “She had gone to rejoin Hugo Palmer in Cheshire. She was a much loved and respected member of the racing community and taken from us at much too early in age.”
Yesterday, Ms. Whalley’s friends, Maxine Bowley and Jo Neesam swapped out her Facebook profiles for photos of her with her, and her timelines were flooded with condolence messages.
Locally appointed Ms. Whalley described herself as an ‘itinerant boss’ at Manor House Stables, and also works for Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Lieutenant Governor of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, owner of a large international network of stables thoroughbreds. In official documents released by the Traffic Commissioner’s Office this month, she is listed as one of the transport managers at Manor House Stables.
The North West Ambulance Service confirmed that she had been called to attend Owen’s stables just before 7:30 am and that Cheshire Police arrived later. A North West Ambulance Service spokesman said: ‘We received a call at 7:26 this morning. We attended, but I can’t confirm more details. The stables are a purpose-built training facility created by Owen and his family. It has been the base of coach Hugo Palmer since last spring.
Social Media Tributes
Jockey Zander Voy also wrote his own tribute on social media following the tragedy. “It’s heartbreaking to hear Jess lost her life today at the tender age of 25,” he wrote.
“She was riding out doing what she loved. We had so many great times working in Dubai. May she rest in peace? Here’s her just 72 hours ago” Following the initial news of the tragedy, announced yesterday, a number of people also posted messages of condolence. Trainers Fergal O’Brien and Graeme McPherson said: “Thoughts with all involved.”
Another social media user said: “Gosh this is absolutely awful news. I am so sorry. Deepest condolences to you all and the family who have lost a loved one.”
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