Who was Jessica Whalley? | The Sun

JESSICA Whalley tragically died in March 2023 while working at stables owned by Michael Owen.

Here, we look at what happened, and where her tragic death took place.

Who was Jessica Whalley?

Jessica Whalley died at the age of 25 on March 28, 2023, while working at the stables owned by former Liverpool striker Michael Owen.

She worked as a transport manager at the venue, and was known to have previously worked for Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, deputy ruler of Dubai, UAE.

The Sheikh owns a large international network of thoroughbred stables, and Jessica worked there for six months in 2018.

She was also a successful beauty pageant queen, representing the UK in the Miss Tourism Universe pageant in Beirut in 2019.


Tributes to beauty queen, 25, who died suddenly at Michael Owen’s stables

The show aired on MTV, and Jessica made it into the final 10 contestants.

What happened to Jessica Whalley?

Jessica sadly died suddenly on March 28, 2023, at Michael Owen's Manor House stables in Cheshire.

She was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency services, who were not able to reach her in time.

A statement released by the stables read: "It is with deep sadness that we have to announce that a much-valued member of our team died at work this morning.

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"The family have been informed and both the family and the team at Manor House request privacy at this time."

Owen was in tears in the aftermath of the incident.

Tributes have poured in from friends and colleagues after her untimely death.

Friend Jessica Mair wrote: "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 really is too short for we never really know how long we have. Thoughts go out to her family and friends."

George McGrath, CEO of the National Association of Racing Staff, said: "She was a much loved and respected member of the racing community and taken from us at much too early in age."

Jessica's friends Maxine Bowley and Jo Neesam changed their Facebook profile pictures to ones of her in tribute.

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