Jack Burns, Child Actor and Ballet Dancer, Dead at 14

Jack Burns via Facebook

Jack Burns, a child actor and ballet dancer who drew comparisons to Billy Elliot, has died, Metro UK reports. He was 14.

According to the outlet, Burns was found dead at the home he shared with his parents in Greenock, Inverclyde in Scotland on Dec. 1. The outlet also reports that police say they are not treating his death as suspicious. 

Burns appeared in projects like Retribution and In Plain Sight. He was also a student at the Elite Academy of Dance, a classical ballet school in Greenock.

"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 1st of December," the academy shared in a statement posted to their Facebook page this week. "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."

"We and all of Jack's family and friends are naturally completely devastated and at a loss for words and answers. Jack's family wish to let everyone know that his funeral service will be at 10.00 am at St Mary's Church, Patrick Street, Greenock, on Thursday 12th December," the statement continued. "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. They would also take much comfort if students wish to attend in Alba or Elite Hoodies and sit together on Thursday ... All our thoughts and prayers at this time are with Jack's immediate family and friends but especially with his parents Karen, Robert and his brother Rory."

Burns is survived by his parents, Karen and Robert, and a brother, Rory.

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