Police are investigated what they believe to be an allergic reaction that caused the death of an 18-year-old girl after she dined at a well known burger restaurant.
Shahida Shahid was eating at Almost Famous burger bar with her friends on Friday and later collapsed on Withy Grove in Manchester city centre. The teen was rushed to the hospital and was in intensive care for three days before dying on Monday.
The Food Standards Agency and Manchester City Council are working with police to find out what exactly caused the death of the college freshman, who was studying math.
Investigators believe that Shahid suffered an allergic reaction while other sources have ruled out food poisoning.
The burger restaurant in the Great Northern Warehouse on Peter Street remains open for business. Customers said that the menu had reminders for people to ask for allergy advice if they felt unsure about the food they were ordering.
The company director of Almost Famous, Marie Carter, issued a statement on the matter.
“We are absolutely devastated to hear the tragic news that this young lady has passed away,” Carter said. “Our thoughts are with her family and friends. As authorities are conducting investigations it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage.”
Shahid, who was from Worsley, Greater Manchester, was remembered by friends and family on Facebook.
“My beautiful, brilliant, kind, loving cousin passed away,” wrote Farjana Alam. “Please everyone keep her in your prayers. I still cannot believe she’s gone and my heart aches with pain that she has left this world.”
The investigation is ongoing.