Death of Tricky's daughter: 'Sudden untoward incident' inquiry
A “sudden untoward incident” inquiry is being carried out by a mental health trust following the death of the daughter of musician Tricky, a coroner has heard.
An inquest was told 24-year-old Mina Topley-Bird died in May at West Park Hospital in Darlington.
Sitting at Crook Civic Centre, County Durham Senior Coroner Jeremy Chipperfield held a brief hearing to learn of progress made in the inquest process.
The coroner’s officer told him: “Tees Esk and Wear Valleys Mental Health Services are doing a sudden untoward incident investigation which is not due until 21 October”.
The case was adjourned for a further “mention hearing” on 28 October.
Ms Topley-Bird was the daughter of record producer, rapper and actor Tricky – and singer Martina Topley-Bird – and was a member of the Guildford music collective, 404.
In a series of posts on social media, the 404 paid tribute to Mina, describing her as a “beautiful soul” – who was “brave, caring and immensely strong”.
They added that: “Through her music she is eternal and will never be forgotten”.
We would like to thank everyone for bearing with us this is in this difficult time. With deep sadness we must announce the passing of our dear friend and bandmate Mina.
— 404 (@__404guild) May 23, 2019
Following his daughter’s death, Tricky wrote on Facebook: “I thought I knew what loss was, but now my daughter is gone I realise I had no idea what it was after all.
“It feels like I’m in a world that doesn’t exist, knowing nothing will ever be the same again.
“No words or text can really explain – my soul feels empty.
“Mazy Mina, my daughter, had two names – some people called her Mazy, some people called her Mina. She had an amazing talent for singing and songwriting; songs which will be finished and heard.
“Your words and songs will live on, I will make sure they do. I haven’t had the strength to even look at a picture of you until now – people will hear your voice and songs.
“All my heart – what’s left of it.
“Love you Mazy Mina, Dad”.