Popular: Rosie Whitaker, who once performed at London's Royal Opera House, was a 'popular, beautiful girl who brought joy to everyone through her various talents'
The devastated family of a talented ballerina, who performed at the Royal Opera House, said she was 'heavily influenced' by websites promoting self-harm and suicide before she was killed by a train.
The body of Rosie Whitaker, 15, was found on a railway line close to her home in Beckenham, Kent, on Monday night.
Today her family described by her family as a 'popular, beautiful girl who brought joy to everyone through her various talents'.
They told of their pride at her dancing achievements, which included study at the London School of Contemporary Dance and performances at prestigious London venues including the Royal Opera House, Sadler's Wells Theatre and the Theatre Royal.
But she had been struggling under the 'pressures of conforming to her peer group and studying hard for GCSE exams' in the months leading up to her death, her family said.
In a heart-rending statement, her family hit out at internet sites that advocate self harm and suicide, adding that they hoped their daughter's death would serve as a warning to parents.
They said in a statement: 'Rosie was a popular, beautiful girl who brought joy to everyone through her various talents, including dancing and performing at the Royal Opera House, diving, writing poetry and piano playing.
'For most of her life, she was very happy and planned to follow a career in which she would help others. She was a well-balanced and well-loved young lady who had everything to live for.
'However, during a period of stress brought on by the pressures of conforming to her peer group and studying hard for GCSE exams, it appears she was, unfortunately, heavily influenced by websites and online communities promoting self-harm and suicide.
Tragic: Rosie's body was found on a railway line near Beckenham Junction (pictured) on Monday night
'We hope her tragic death serves as a warning to other impressionable youngsters and their parents that such sites pose grave risks.
'Rosie will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by all her family and friends and we ask that we can be left to grieve over this terrible tragedy in private.'
British Transport Police are not treating her death as suspicious.
A British Transport Police (BTP) spokeswoman said: 'BTP officers attended the line near to Beckenham Junction rail station on Monday, June 11 after a girl was struck by a train.
'The incident was reported to BTP at 9.36pm and was also attended by officers from the Metropolitan Police Service.
'Paramedics from the London Ambulance Service attended but the girl, 15-year-old Rosie Whitaker, from Beckenham, was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.
'The incident is currently being treated as non-suspicious and a file will be prepared for the Coroner.'
Tragic, she had such a bright future ahead of her. I never knew this girl but saw her before as she lived in my area and you would never have thought anything was wrong. It is just un believable what these websites are doing to people, they're poison!
It's also so sad that she couldn't conform to her peer group - but for the sake of her friends and family at such a difficult time I'm not going to dwell on what factor that actually had - RIP Rosie Whitaker.
Edited by Cheetah, 13 June 2012 - 05:45 PM.