A former BBC journalist found hanged in a toilet cubicle at a Turkish airport had mourned the deaths of three friends in terror attacks in the space of just a month and had attended a memorial to one of them days before her death, it emerged today.

Jacky Sutton, an international development worker, was found dead at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport after missing a connecting flight to Erbil in Iraq.

She appeared distressed after being told by airline staff that she would have to buy a new ticket and was later found in the toilets by three Russian passengers, according to local media.

At the end of April, Ms Sutton posted on her Facebook page the story of Sabeen Mahmud, a human rights campaigner who was killed by a gunman in Karachi, Pakistan.

Just weeks later, her predecessor at the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR), Ammar Al Shahbander, was killed in an Islamic State bomb blast in Baghdad on May 2.

On May 12 another friend, this time Paula Kantor, a researcher, was one of 15 people killed when three gunmen opened fire on a group of Westerners at the Park Palace Hotel, in Kabul.

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