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One of Britain's youngest lottery winners, dead at 29

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One of Britain's youngest lottery millionaires has been found dead at 29.

Stuart Donnelly was discovered at the luxury home he bought after winning almost £2 million (US$2.98 million) when he was 17.

When he hit the jackpot in 1997, sharing the £25 million prize fund with 12 other winners, he toasted with Coca-Cola because he was too young for champagne.

But his instant riches made him unhappy and he appeared increasingly unable to handle the strain of being a millionaire, friends said.

He moved away from his home town, where most of his friends lived, and then, just two years after his win, his beloved father — described as his 'best friend' — died.

In recent years, Mr Donnelly admitted on the social networking site Bebo that he hated socialising and had become a recluse, listing his activities as: 'Sleeping, watching TV, listening to music, surfing the net. Basically, anything that involves not leaving the house.'

On Thursday, police in Scotland said his body had been found at his remote cottage in Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire, on Wednesday morning.

They have launched an investigation but said there were no suspicious circumstances.

Sources added Mr Donnelly was believed to have suffered from health problems, and that at this stage his death was being attributed to natural causes.

Family members including his maternal grandmother have cut short their New Year holiday in Portugal to fly home, after being informed of the tragedy.

When he struck gold in 1997, Mr Donnelly was a college student living on a council estate and earning £60 a week working part-time in a small chemist shop.

He quickly abandoned his pharmaceutical course, took his friends on a holiday to Thailand and bought a £2,000 executive seat at Celtic Park to watch his beloved football team's home games.

He splashed out £90,000 to buy his divorced mother May a house, and purchased the secluded villa for himself, where he cared for his father Daniel who was a polio sufferer.

He also gave £15,000 to Yorkhill Hospital in Glasgow, where his younger brother Shaun was treated for a genetic disorder.

But in a 2003 interview, he told how he was struggling with winning at such a young age.

He said: 'It was very hard to deal with all the attention I got. I even had people camping outside my house. It put a huge strain on me and my family.'

On his Bebo page, messages dating back several years show the kind of attention he was receiving, with 'old friends' posting comments such as: 'Hey Stuart, remember me?', and 'You still got your winnings?'.

On Thursday, mourners left more messages, with one writing: 'You make me sick, you only befriended this poor lad when he won the lotto.

'Most of you are the reason this poor lad died.'

When he won, his father proudly proclaimed: 'I couldn't get a better son. He's the nicest person you could meet. Stuart doesn't drink, smoke or take drugs.

'He's here to look after me round the clock. I'm not just saying that because he's worth a few bob. Even if he wasn't a millionaire, he would still be a super son.'

Daniel Donnelly's death — of a heart attack aged 45 when on holiday in Thailand — left his son devastated.

Their luxury cottage, which can be reached only by a single track, became his retreat, and Mr Donnelly cut himself off from the world, with even his mother complaining at the time: 'I phone him, but most times I get his answer phone.'

Locals back in his home town of Neilston, East Renfrewshire, just south of Glasgow, rarely saw Mr Donnelly since he moved away.

Last night, his aunt Elaine Calderwood, posted a message on his Bebo page which read: 'Stuart is very close to his family and spent Christmas with his family and travelled home to his own house after the festive season.

'The post mortem will confirm the medical condition that caused his death. The doctors had been testing Stuart and had not diagnosed his illness.'

She added: 'Stuart was loved by all his family.'

Thanks to rdgrnr for the tip.

Daily Mail

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Posted: June 25, 2010, 7:13 am - IP Logged

Sad,  may he rest in peace.

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    Posted: June 25, 2010, 9:52 am - IP Logged

    How sad, my condolences to his family.

    Did you exchange a walk on part in the war ?

    For a lead role in a cage?

     

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      Posted: June 25, 2010, 10:01 am - IP Logged

      What a waste.  Stuart wins £2 million (US$2.98 million) when he's 17 and becomes a shut-in!  He should've learned French, Spanish, and possibly German, and traveled Europe with a female companion for a few years.  Think of all the experiences he missed out on.  While he would've burned through his winnings at a faster rate, at least he would've enjoyed himself.  I wonder what he did during all these last 12 years.  Did he do anything worthwhile, such as get a degree, learn a new language, get a hobby such as classic cars, learn a trade, perhaps study trading in the stock market?

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        Posted: June 25, 2010, 10:29 am - IP Logged

        Just noticed:  Stuart Donnelly's death happened on 7 January 2010.  This is an old story, a very old story.  You can find the older story on the BBC's UK site.  I did a search there and found nothing newer.

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          Posted: June 25, 2010, 10:43 am - IP Logged

          Never too late to offer condolences to his family.  Very sad story.

          Good luck to everyone!

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            Posted: June 25, 2010, 11:05 am - IP Logged

            very sad.......may he rest in peace.......

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              Posted: June 25, 2010, 11:16 am - IP Logged

              I can identify to a certain extent with Stuart's reclusion. Some people just don't like crowds of people and adding a spotlight on yourself only exacerbates that disdain.

              I was reminded of my own disdain for it while sitting in stop and go (mostly stop) traffic on Miami Freeways last week. It made me appreciate my life more in a sparsely populated area away from people and prying eyes. Crowds of people and noise and polite trivialities like forced conversation suck the energy out of me and I avoid them if possible. There are so many people in this world who just have a need to be talking all the time and there are some of us who are just tired of listening to their non-stop droning on and on. There are a lot of us of that bent in the backwoods and mountains and such.

              I believe Stuart's disdain may have been just a little extreme but he would have fit in well where I'm at in the hinterlands of Tennessee. We all help each other when needed but otherwise the unwritten law is: Mind Your Own Business.

              I bet he's happier where he is now though, back with his Daddy.

              Rest in Peace Stuart.


                                                           
                                   
                                                       

               

               

               

               

                                                                                                                 

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                Posted: June 25, 2010, 3:37 pm - IP Logged

                Never too late to offer condolences to his family.  Very sad story.

                Agreed. My heart goes out to his family. Frown

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                  Posted: June 25, 2010, 9:24 pm - IP Logged

                  Just noticed:  Stuart Donnelly's death happened on 7 January 2010.  This is an old story, a very old story.  You can find the older story on the BBC's UK site.  I did a search there and found nothing newer.

                  Thank you Cal for bringing the accuracy of his departure to corrective date/time.

                  Makes me wonder how many folks would wish a person a safe trip that they took three months ago! Sorta a wee bit late...

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                    Posted: June 25, 2010, 9:58 pm - IP Logged

                    Requiescat in pace.

                    I was reading about how he toasted with Coca-Cola because he was too young for champagne - I would have used sparkling cider. A family tradition of ours is to drink sparkling cider at the start of the New Year. Ginger ale would have been a good choice too.

                    Again, requiescat in pace (Latin for: may he rest in peace).

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                      Posted: June 26, 2010, 1:59 am - IP Logged

                      Red, you know what I REALLY hate?? When I'm in that stop and go traffic and the tool in the next lane starts that small talk b.s.!! LEAVE ME ALONE!!!

                      But seriously, folks. This is one of those worst case scenarios. 3 mill isn't even that much money. What this poor kid needed was an adult in his life who could offer some guidance and put him on the right track. It didn't need to end like this. Tragic.

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                        Posted: June 26, 2010, 4:21 am - IP Logged

                        Thank you Cal for bringing the accuracy of his departure to corrective date/time.

                        Makes me wonder how many folks would wish a person a safe trip that they took three months ago! Sorta a wee bit late...

                        Thanks TheGameGrl.  However, it's actually 5½ months.  Wink

                        There was never any followup story by the BBC, Stuart Donnelly died in Scotland, or anyone else about what Donnelly died from.  I assume it was natural causes but they never said what type.

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                          Posted: June 26, 2010, 5:06 am - IP Logged

                          Red, you know what I REALLY hate?? When I'm in that stop and go traffic and the tool in the next lane starts that small talk b.s.!! LEAVE ME ALONE!!!

                          But seriously, folks. This is one of those worst case scenarios. 3 mill isn't even that much money. What this poor kid needed was an adult in his life who could offer some guidance and put him on the right track. It didn't need to end like this. Tragic.

                          Yeah, that's a recurring nightmare for me. I'm sitting in the middle lane and I have a babbler on each side of me and I can't get my windows up!  Scared


                                                                       
                                               
                                                                   

                           

                           

                           

                           

                                                                                                                             

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                            Posted: June 26, 2010, 9:23 am - IP Logged

                            Would like to point out this story is old as he died in Jan of this year. RIP young chap