03/22/2013 11:16 am ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Lucy Meadows Dead: Transgender Primary School Teacher Dies

The British primary school teacher who made headlines in 2012 after announcing she was transgender in a letter delivered to parents has died.

The Guardian reports that Lucy Meadows was found dead March 19 at her home in Accrington, Lancashire. Police are not treating the death as suspicious.

In a statement on Accrington's St. Mary Magdalen's School website, head teacher Karen Hardman writes, "It is with great sadness that I have to inform you of the death of Miss Lucy Meadows. Our staff will be working closely with bereavement teams and are here to offer the children and yourselves any support in any way we can."

Meadows, who had been teaching at the school for three years, announced she was transgender in a letter shortly before the holiday break.

As the Daily Mail reported, the letter read in part: “Mr. Upton has recently made a significant change in his life and will be transitioning to live as a woman. After the Christmas break, she will return to work as Miss Meadows.”

A statement cited by The Bolton News quoted Meadows as saying at the time, "This has been a long and difficult journey for me, and it was certainly not an easy decision to make." After thanking colleagues for their support, she added, "I'd now ask for my privacy to be respected so that I can continue with my job, which I'm committed to and which I enjoy very much."



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