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Portrait of a carefree teenager: Photo of smiling Ellie Soutter taken at a family wedding a month before the snowboarder was found dead on her 18th birthday will now sit on top of her coffin at funeral

  • Rising star of snowboarding was found dead in the French resort of Les Gets
  • She was caught on camera …
Ellie Soutter, a rising star of snowboarding, was found dead in the French resort of Les Gets last week. She is pictured at her father's cousin's wedding at the end of June

Ellie Scouter (pictured) is believed to have taken her own life on her 18th birthday after being selected represent Team GB next month

Champion snowboarder Ellie Soutter took her own life in remote woodland near her home in the French Alps after seeing friends the night before with friends

The French resort of Les Gets, where Ellie is believed to have taken her own life on Wednesday

Police tracker dogs found her body at 11.15pm on Wednesday in Les Gets and her family plan to scatter her ashes on the teenager's favourite mountain near the ski resort

The young snowboarder was competing in European circuits and training in New Zealand but ultimately wanted to compete in the Winter Olympics in Beijing in 2022

Olympic skeleton gold medallist Amy Williams led the tributes to the talented snowboarder who died this week

A father's tribute: Tony Soutter described how he lost his best friend yesterday when his daughter died on her eighteenth birthday
Olympians including Emily Sarsfield said his daughter was an 'amazing girl'

British Ski and Snowboard, the UK's governing body, paid tribute to the young star and referred people to the suicide prevention charity Samaritans

Ellie and Oscar pictured in London. Oscar paid tribute to Ellie on Facebook with an image of a love heart. It is not known if the pair were dating when she died

Tony Soutter and his daughter Ellie. The pair lived in France where Ellie learned to snowboard and competed on European circuits

Ellie Soulter Team GB Snowboarder competed at the Freeride Junior World Championship in 2018 and was selected to represent Great Britain

Ellie's mother Lorraine Denman is a body building veterinary nurse who lives in Hove. She is also a competitive athlete and former pageant winner

Her close family is desperately seeking answers about why she wanted to kill herself. Tony, who heads the French office of Midas Kitchens, last saw Ellie at 8am on Wednesday when he went to say goodbye before going to work in Les Gets (above)

He went into her bedroom to wish her happy birthday but she was fast asleep. He texted her later that morning but there was no response. When he returned to their home for lunch in Les Gets (above), Ellie was not there

Tonight family and friends had been due to attend a joint party to celebrate her birthday and her 'devastated' father Tony's, which falls on Monday. Poignantly, the same people will gather at the same venue in Les Gets to grieve and toast Ellie

Jeremy, CEO at Carne Global Fund Managers, said:'Ellie grew up with her father Tony. She was still close to her mother but it was Tony who was her best friend. He's a broken man'

On the podium: Ellie won medals at the Freeride Junior Tour where she finished in third place. She had a rocky start to the year

Miss Soutter, 18, was pictured around the world looking happy with friends and fellow athletes. Her father announced she died on her 18th birthday

Ellie Soutter was competing for her country internationally and was tipped to be a future Olympian in the Winter Games

The teenager said on Instagram she was returning to the UK on June 29 for a family wedding with her father. The teenager was often pictured with friends

Ellie Soutter, 18, was tipped to be a future Olympian after dedicating eight years to snowboarding. The teenager's ultimate goal was to qualify for the Winter Olympics

Lorraine Deman previously wrote about how proud she was of her daughter for the things she was achieving in sport

Miss Soutter enjoyed life as a snowboarder in France - training in New Zealand in the summer - where she was set to compete in August

Ellie Soutter, 18, died on her birthday in the UK after coming to her home nation from France where she lived and trained

Ellie Soutter (L) and Maisie Hill (R) of England compete in snowboard cross within the European Youth Olympics Winter Festival 2017 at Palandoken Ski Centre

Ellie Soutter of England competes in snowboard cross in Turkey - before going on to win bronze - Britain's only medal at the tournament

Miss Soutter who lived in France was a well-known junior athlete and competed in off-piste Freeride and Boardercross

Ellie Soutter had just been selected to represent her nation in New Zealand at the Junior World Championships when she died

Ellie Soutter has been snowboarding since she was aged ten. Her tragic death was announced by Team GB on Thursday. Her father later confirmed she died on her eighteenth birthday

Ellie (far right) was a bronze medallist in snowboard cross at the 2017 European Youth Olympic Winter Festival in  Turkey

Ellie Soutter was a bronze medallist in snowboard cross at the 2017 European Youth Olympic Winter Festival in Erzurum, Turkey

Ellie in action: The teenage snowboarder impressed the snowboarding world and was tipped for stardom

Ellie was tipped for stardom but she died on her eighteenth birthday. Her father has paid tribute to his 'soulmate' after her tragic death