Tributes have poured in for Semina (Image: UGC TMY)

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Tributes have flooded in for a "beautiful" and "funny" young girl who died suddenly in hospital.

Semina Halliwell, 12, passed away on Saturday after being admitted for treatment four days earlier.

Hundreds of people have paid their respects and offered the condolences since the sad news was announced.

Mum Rachel Halliwell told the Liverpool Echo she is "heartbroken beyond words".

"She was so beautiful, and so funny. She loved singing and dancing," she said.

"She had been asked by model agencies to work for them but she wasn't confident enough. She didn't see how beautiful she was.

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Mum Rachel said she was "heartbroken beyond words"
(Image: UGC TMY)

"She was loving and caring, and loved her brothers Rafy and Jorge so much, and she was so loved by friends and family, far and wide."

Semina, from Southport, was a Year 7 pupil at Stanley High School.

On Facebook, Margie Davies said: "Absolutely Tragic. Thoughts, love, strength are with family."

Jane Anderson added: "Another young life taken too soon. Such a tragedy for her family and friends."

A third, Moira Byrne commented: "Beautiful angel bless her."

Philis Parkes said: "So sad. Thinking of the family at this very sad time."

Patricia Thompson said: "Absolutely tragic, so sad, RIP. Condolences to the family."

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And Natasha Connolly added: "RIP beautiful girl, so sad."

Commenting on an article about her death, 'tonydddd' said: "So sad RIP young lady – thoughts are with your family and friends."

'Sayitasitis' commented: "Heartfelt sympathies to this beautiful child's family and friends."

'Loaa' said: "Heartbreaking."

Semima's school shared a black and white image of some monochrome balloons on their Facebook page.

Tributes flooded on their page too, with Sally Hipwell writing: "So heart-breaking. Thinking of all the family at this terrible time."

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Becky Despard said: "No words. May angels wings wrap softly around you whilst you fly high beautiful Semina. You are the brightest star in heaven."

Helen Ainsworth-Hick said: "This is utterly heart-breaking to hear about, our thoughts, love and prayers are with all the family."

Leah McDonald said: "My heart goes out to all the family and friends of this beautiful girl."

Claire Louise Church said: "Absolutely heart-breaking, sending love to her family."

Helen Leary wrote: "Rest in paradise sweetheart."

A vigil is to be held in Semina's memory on Southport Beach on Tuesday at 6pm.