Amid the colourful tapestry of performing arts in New York, the community is in shock over the passing of a remarkable artist. Born in East Lancashire, UK, Órla Baxendale is a young, talented dancer, actor, and model who has grown to be a cherished part of the city that never sleeps’ artistic family.
With the help of Go 2 Talent Agency, Baxendale has advanced her career and won over fans with her dazzling on-stage and camera performances. Her drive and ability had carried her across the Atlantic, to the cutthroat yet seductive city of New York, where she chased and started to realise her goals.
When word of Baxendale’s unexpected passing on January 11 at the age of just 25, the dance and performance arts community fell into deep sadness. She had suffered a severe allergic response to peanuts in a holiday dessert, which was the cause of her life-threatening anaphylactic shock.
The dessert under consideration was a Vanilla Florentine Cookie, which appeared harmless but contained a lethal substance. Her attorney brought attention to the serious mistake in the product’s labelling on January 24, which was the failure to disclose the presence of peanuts and resulted in this unfortunate tragedy.After the occurrence, the cookie—which was purchased from the well-known grocery chain Stew Leonard’s—became the centre of a legal and moral dispute.
The relevant parties faced accusations of “gross negligence and reckless conduct” for their failure to accurately indicate the peanut content on the box, a significant omission that resulted in catastrophic consequences. A dispute concerning accountability surfaced between Stew Leonard’s and Cookies United, the dessert’s producer, in the days after Baxendale’s passing.
The CEO of the retailer stated that there was insufficient communication regarding the recipe’s switch from soy nuts to peanuts. On January 23, however, Cookies United disputed this, emphasising in a press release that they had informed Stew Leonard’s of the altered ingredient as early as July 2023 and had tagged products sent to them appropriately. They made it clear that Stew Leonard’s had put the wrong label on the product.