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Jack Burden: Tanzania death student 'incredibly popular'

A teenager from South Tyneside who died on a trip to Tanzania was "incredibly popular", his school said.

Jack Burden suffered a severe allergic reaction during what is understood to be a 28-day charity expedition.

The 18-year-old died at the scene on Wednesday at what the tour company said was "a remote location".

The head teacher of Harton Technology College in South Shields described the sixth-former as "very talented and bright".

'Genuinely caring'

Sir Ken Gibson said: "Jack was an incredibly popular and likeable young man who possessed a very sharp sense of humour.

"He never had a bad word to say about anyone and had a genuinely caring, thoughtful and lovely manner.

"I have read many of the tributes to Jack and they certainly confirm just how well respected, admired and loved he was by everyone.

"I know that the family has been inundated with cards, messages and visitors, and my thoughts remain with them and Jack's close friends at this very difficult time."

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