A popular Jamaican entertainer who died in January will be laid to rest today.
Nicole Baptiste was just 50 years old when her body was discovered underneath a container in the Perry Bay area on January 22.
Results of an autopsy received on Thursday revealed that she died of Covid-19, Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh confirmed to Observer.
Baptiste’s loved ones previously paid tribute to a “kind, compassionate” woman, who was well-known to business people around lower Market Street in St John’s.
With her electric personality and wild demeanour, some described her as polarising but all remembered a caring person who looked out for her friends and family.
Her friend Latocia said Baptiste – also known as “Midget” or “Dot” – was “a nice person”.
“She was friendly and loving, a person that you could go to and if you had any problems, she would even take you into her home like family,” she said.
“Nicole was a very nice, loving person and she will always be remembered – especially by me and mostly her daughter, her granddaughter and her friends right here.”
Health officials did not respond to requests for comment regarding contact tracing up to news time.