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Bree O'Mara
Born Bridgid O'Mara
4 July 1968(1968-07-04)
Durban, South Africa
Died 12 May 2010 (aged 42)
Tripoli, Libya
Occupation Novelist
Nationality South African
Ethnicity Irish
Genres Fantasy
Drama
Romantic
Notable work(s) Nigel Watson, Superhero
Home Affairs

Bridgid "Bree" O'Mara (27 December 1967 – 12 May 2010) was an Irish-South African novelist, ballet dancer, TV producer and air hostess who was killed in the crash of Afriqiyah Airways Flight 771.[1]

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Early life

O'Mara was born in Durban, South Africa of Irish parentage and carried an Irish passport.[2] She attended the Maris Stella School in Durban during the early 1980s.[3] After an early career in theater O'Mara worked as a flight attendant for Gulf Air, before becoming a video producer in the Gulf States. After travelling through Canada and the United States, living briefly in Elkins, West Virginia, she settled in London during the 1990s.[4] After living in Northamptonshire in the early 2000s. In 2003 she worked as a volunteer for Mondo Challenge in Tanzania. She returned to her childhood home of South Africa in 2005.

Personal life

At the time of her death, she lived in Kosmos, Madibeng with her husband Chris Leach.[5]

Death

She was travelling in an aeroplane which crashed on her way to visit London for a meeting with publishers.[6] She had previously been forced to abandon a scheduled appearance at the London Book Fair by the cancellation of flights to the UK resulting from the Eyjafjallajökull eruption.[7]

Works

  • Home Affairs (2007) (winner of the Citizen Book Prize)[8]
  • Nigel Watson, Superhero (scheduled for publication in 2010)

Awards

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