Jack Burns death: 'Next Billy Elliot' child star who appeared in Outlander dies suddenly aged 14

Luke O'Reilly

A child star tipped to be 'the next Billy Elliot' has been found dead in his home at the age of 14.

Ballet star Jack Burns, who appeared on several TV shows including Outlander and Plain Sight, died suddenly at his home in Greenock, Inverclyde on Sunday December 1.

Jack won a place at the prestigious Glasgow Ballet School when he was 9 years old.

He leaves behind mother Karen, father Robert, and brother Rory. 

Elite Academy of Dance paid tribute to the teenage starlet.

It said: "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.

"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.

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"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 at 10.00 am at St Mary's Church, Patrick Street, Greenock, on Thursday 12th December.

"Karen, Robert and Rory would love if those from his Elite Family that knew and loved Jack as much as they all do (would) attend. They would also take much comfort if students wish to attend in Alba or Elite Hoodies and sit together on Thursday.

"Our studio will be open at 9.00 am on Thursday for those wishing to attend.

"All our thoughts and prayers at this time are with Jacks immediate family and friends but especially with his parents Karen, Robert and his brother Rory xx"

Scottish police are not treating Jack's death as suspicious.

A police spokesperson said: "At around 3.30 pm on Sunday, December 1, police were called following the death of a 14-year-old boy within a house in Greenock.

"Enquiries are ongoing to establish the exact cause of his death which police are not treating as suspicious."