Journalism student who wrote for Stroud News & Journal dies at 23

A former weekly columnist who was studying to become a journalist has died suddenly at the age of 23.

Tributes were paid to Molly Pegler, who wrote a disability column for the Stroud News & Journal.

Molly, pictured, was born with hypopituitarism, a rare life-threatening hormone deficiency, and was a ‘passionate advocate’ for people with disabilities and the chronically ill.

She was studying an online journalism course with the British College of Journalism at the time of her death.

Her mother Rachel told the News & Journal: “Molly was one of the most incredibly talented, resilient and beautiful souls we could have ever wished for as a daughter, sister, cousin, niece and granddaughter.

“His resilience and determination throughout his life has been remarkable.

“She has survived without vital hormones for all these years and unfortunately this has resulted in chronic poor health.

“Although Molly was sick and spent a lot of time sleeping and in pain, she also accomplished amazing things.”

Rachel went on to note that she had received “wonderful, heartfelt messages from so many people.”

She added: “How someone so evil could touch so many hearts from her chair in the living room is exceptional, it shows what an amazing girl she was.

“Her sense of humor was hilarious and her smile infectious. We all miss her so much.

Molly died on July 24 and an obituary was published by the News & Journal on Tuesday.

A celebration of Molly’s life will be held on Wednesday, and donations in her memory can be made to the James Hopkins Trust and the Charcot Therapy Centre.

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