KZN woman dies in fall from hotel balcony

2013-07-30 00:00

TRAGEDY has struck a prominent KZN family with deep Midlands roots after their daughter, Rosa Carlyle-Mitchell, died while celebrating her 21st birthday in Cape Town on Sunday.

Durban business consultant Dominic Carlyle-Mitchell and his wife, Rene, are expected back in South Africa today from an overseas trip.

Carlyle-Mitchell’s grandfather, John, ran King’s school in Nottingham Road for 35 years.

Carlyle-Mitchell, a UCT drama student, fell to her death on Sunday night while celebrating her birthday with her brother Luke and sister Christina at the Kimberley Hotel in the city CBD.

She matriculated in 2010 from St Mary’s Diocesan School for Girls in Kloof.

It is not clear whether Carlyle-Mitchell’s birthday was on Sunday or whether the siblings had just met to celebrate her coming of age.

Provincial police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel André Traut said Carlyle-Mitchell was apparently sitting on the hotel’s balcony wall on the first floor, when she fell backwards at about 9 pm.

Metro emergency services declared Carlyle-Mitchell dead on the scene. A post-mortem to confirm the cause of death is being conducted.

Hotel owner Eric Hodson yesterday confirmed that a patron had died, but did not want to comment further “out of respect for the family”.

Peter Davis, who spoke on behalf of the family, told The Witness that Dominic and Rene would arrive back in South Africa today.

Dominic had gone to Italy on business, where he broke seven ribs in a scooter accident. Rene then flew to Italy to be with him.

St Mary’s principal Tyna Charter said she remembered Rosa well and expressed her condolences.

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