Jack Burns, Child Actor & Ballet Dancer, Dead At 14
By Paris Close
December 12, 2019
Child star and ballet dancer Jack Burns has died at age 14.
Burns, best known for his appearances in In Plain Sight and Netflix miniseries One of Us, was found dead at his home in Greenock, Inverclyde in Scotland on December 1, Metro UK reported. Before his passing, Burns had been lauded as "the next Billy Elliot." As yet, the cause of his sudden death remains unknown though police are not treating the incident as suspicious.
The young performer is survived by parents Karen and Robert and brother Rory, who also has acting credits in Outlander.
According to the outlet, Burns was a pupil at St. Columba’s School, Kilmacolm, where studied classical ballet at Elite Academy of Dance. In response to the tragic news, the organization released a tribute in the teen star's honor.
“It is with a very heavy heart that we write this post,” the message reads. “Tragically as you know we lost our much loved student Jack Burns on Sunday 1st of December. Jack was an inspiration to everyone at Elite and touched the hearts of everyone who had the pleasure of working and dancing with him since 2012.”
Per the outlet, Burns’ funeral service will be held Thursday (December 12) at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church in Greenock. “Karen, Robert and Rory would love if those from his Elite Family that knew and loved Jack as much as they all do wanted to attend,” the school added. “They would also take much comfort if students wish to attend in Alba or Elite Hoodies and sit together on Thursday.”
Photo: Facebook/Elite Academy of Dance