Arrest over ME campaigner’s death

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Very sad news, today, of the death of Lynn Gilderdale. It is Lynn’s photograph that appears on the website of The 25% ME Group.

I am appalled that Daily Mail reporters/sub editors are continuing to refer to ME as “Yuppie Flu”.*

Lynn’s experience of living with ME had been published by the Mail in 2006:

and also by the BBC in 2001:

*The ME Association has written to the  Editor, Daily Mail here

Today’s coverage includes:

Arrest over ME campaigner’s death


Caption: Lynn Gilderdale had suffered from ME for about 16 years

A 54-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a prominent ME campaigner.

The woman was questioned and released on police bail after the death of Lynn Gilderdale, 31, on Thursday.

Sussex Police were called to Ms Gilderdale’s home in Stonegate, East Sussex, at about 0830 GMT.

Ms Gilderdale had been campaigning for a better understanding of the condition of ME, which she contracted herself about 16 years ago.

Rother district commander Ch Insp Heather Keating said: “This is a very tragic incident, but we are not looking for anyone else in connection with it.”

TB vaccination

A spokeswoman for Sussex Police added: “A 54-year-old woman from  Stonegate, arrested on suspicion of murder, has been interviewed and bailed to return on March 6.”

Ms Gilderdale fell ill after receiving a BCG vaccination for TB when she was 14-years-old.

She then went on to have bronchitis, tonsillitis and glandular fever, before being diagnosed with ME.

The condition, which is also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, left her confined to her bed for the 16 years she had it, apart from when she needed hospital treatment.

The ME Association estimates that 250,000 people are affected by the condition in the UK.


Further coverage:

Daily Mail


Hastings Observer




The Argus