THE death of a 19-year-old girl whose heartbroken father collapsed after hearing of her tragic end has been linked to her taking the pill.

The family of Gemma Leigh had described her death as a "complete mystery".

But at an opening of an inquest into her death it was revealed that the post mortem examination had shown she died as a result of pulmonary embolism caused by deep vein thrombosis due to oral contraception pill medication.

Deputy coroner Carolyn Singleton was told that following the post-mortem examination findings a report had been requested from the manufacturers of the pill which had been prescribed to Gemma.

Gemma lived with her parents, David and Lynne Leigh, and her brother Adam, 15, in Rothesay Road, Blackburn.

Dad David was at Blackburn Rovers Ewood Park ground when he was given the tragic news of his daughter's death.

He collapsed and was taken to Blackburn Royal Infirmary where Lynne, staring out of the window of the relatives room, saw him arrive in the back of an ambulance.

Gemma's funeral was due to take place today. The inquest was adjourned until August 7.