A schoolgirl has reportedly killed herself over exaggerated fears of backlash she might get over a racially offensive photo she shared on the internet.

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The deceased, Phoebe Connop, 16, had been chatting with an Asian boy she referred to as her boyfriend although they had never met before.

Joking with her friends, Phoebe posted a photo of herself via Instagram, with her skin edited to look darker and a scarf around her head, illustrating the length she would have to go to be accepted by her 'boyfriends' parents.

The reports reveal that Phoebe who had been a talented gymnast, soon became worried after the photo went viral.

Speaking of Phoebe's suicide, Detective Sergeant Katherine Tomkins said:

"She was scared of what the reaction might be from the Asian community in her area."

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Phoebe's dad, Laurence, 53, who had come home in Halesowen, West Midlands, only to find her dead after hanging herself, said, "She was a lovely girl who would never want to cause offence to anyone."

May her soul rest in peace.