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Well-known entertainer who died of Covid to be buried today

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.

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