POLICE have arrested a woman in connection with the sudden death of a teenage boy who suffered a heart attack at home.

Everest Community Academy pupil Blake Cook, who suffered from diabetes, had been off school for a few days when he collapsed at his home in Fountains Close, Popley.

An ambulance was called but paramedics were unable to save the 15-year-old, and he died in Basingstoke hospital later the same day.

Hampshire Constabulary said a 42-year-old woman was arrested in connection with the death, but was released on bail until May, pending further inquires.

The force has refused to say why the woman was arrested.

Police were called to the house at 6.20pm last Wednesday and are still investigating the circumstances of Blake's death.

Nick Price, principal at Everest, in Oxford Way, Popley, said the entire school was devastated when he broke the news to them in an assembly on Thursday morning.

He said: “It is so sad. Our thoughts are with his family and particularly his little sister Darcy.

“We just really miss him. The children are distraught.”

Counsellors were at the school to help students through the difficult time.

Mr Price paid tribute to Blake, describing him as “so nice and always smiling and making a joke of things. He was a lovely lad and everyone was so fond of him and that makes it even more of a shock.”

A Facbook page has been set up in memory of the teenager, and numerous people have left comments expressing their sadness over the news of his death.

Vicki Jackson posted: “RIP Blake, so sad, taken too soon, my thoughts are with his family and friends.”

Helen Joseph added: “Rest in peace Blake, so young to be taken. Will be missed by lots. My heart goes out to the family and his friends from Everest.”

Ellen Jarvis said: “An amazing, funny, happy and caring young man. Taken far, far too early.”

Mr Price praised pupils for the way in which they had dealt with the tragedy, and said: “The children have been amazing and despite their obvious grief want to raise money for Diabetes UK charity as a way of remember Blake. We will also be looking at other ways to remember/commemorate his life.”

He said one idea was to hold a Bake for Blake event, in which cakes would be made and sold to raise funds for Diabetes UK.

He added: “The kids have been wonderful and so respectful and caring.”

Mr Price said a member of staff at the school suffers with diabetes, so Everest is now looking to make it an official charity to raise funds for.

On Friday, pupils at Everest took balloons into school for Blake, and wore Manchester United merchandise, which was the football team Blake supported.