Melbourne teenager drowns in Bali after suspected seizure by the pool
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Melbourne teenager drowns in Bali after suspected seizure by the pool

A young Melbourne woman is being remembered as a "loyal and caring friend, sister and daughter" after she suffered a suspected epileptic seizure while on holiday with friends in Bali.

Tributes are flowing for teenager Kristen Mace, 19, a former student of Firbank Girls' Grammar School in Brighton, who passed away on Sunday while on holiday.

Melbourne teenager Kristen Mace who has died in Bali.

Melbourne teenager Kristen Mace who has died in Bali.

Photo: GoFundMe

The teenager's father Justin Mace said his daughter, who had a history of epilepsy, was having breakfast beside the pool in her villa when she is believed to have suffered a seizure and fallen in.

"Her friend she was sharing the villa with found her face down in the pool and with the assistance of a NZ family in the next villa tried to resuscitate her unsuccessfully," he said.

"We don't believe there is anything other than the seizure that contributed to this awful tragedy."

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Mr Mace arrived in Bali on Tuesday afternoon.

Family friend Harrison Pirrie, who has set up a fundraising page, said the Mace family had been devastated by the news of Krissy's death.

"Everyone is quite speechless. It's beyond tragic," he said.

Mr Pirrie's father said he had spoken to Mr Mace who was "absolutely numb".

"It's been horrendous. The whole community, friends from far and wide, are in a state of shock. She was a beautiful soul. A beautiful, caring, gentle soul," Mr Pirrie said.

The 19-year-old, who lost her mother to cancer just weeks ago, was due to turn 20 in a couple of days.

The family has been living in Brisbane for about a year but their main network of family and friends are in Victoria.

A DFAT spokeswoman said assistance was being provided to the family.

"The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is providing consular assistance to the family of an Australian who died in Bali, Indonesia, in accordance with the Consular Services Charter. For privacy reasons we are unable to provide further details," she said.

Just three weeks before the fatal incident, Ms Mace's mother Jodie died of cancer. Her funeral was held in Brighton less than a fortnight ago.

Firbank Grammar principal Jenny Williams extended her condolences to the family.

"We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Firbank Old Grammarian, Krissy Mace, who graduated from our School in the Class of 2016," she said.

"She is fondly remembered by staff and students alike – she was part of our family and a life-long member of our community.

"Our thoughts are with her family particularly as this tragic loss comes only weeks after the passing of her mother. We extend our support and condolences – Krissy will be greatly missed.

Funds are now being raised to bring Ms Mace's body back home to Australia. The page has almost reached its $50,000 goal.

"The impact on the Mace family no doubt is indescribable," the organiser of the fundraiser Harrison Pirrie has written.

"Kristen was an amazing girl and will be dearly missed by all. As discussed the circumstances over the past three weeks for the Mace family are beyond tragic. We need to band together and donate generously so we can help bring Kristen home."

Simone is a breaking news reporter for The Age. Most recently she covered breaking news for The Australian in Melbourne.