The Scheme’s Marvin Baird mourns daughter after suspected drug overdose

The Scheme “star” Marvin Baird is in mourning after his daughter was found dead days before she was due to appear in court on drug charges.

Danielle Hamilton was discovered on Sunday morning at the Kilmarnock home she shared with her dad.

Police are still investigating her sudden death but it’s understood that 26-year-old Danielle died from a drug overdose.

She was set to stand trial accused of dealing and supplying morphine and Etizolam tablets. Etizolam is described as a benzodiazepine-like substance similar to Valium but is 10 times more toxic.

Danielle Hamilton – daughter of the Scheme Marvin Baird – she has died from drugs overdose

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Two men, aged 33 and 42, appeared in court on Thursday charged with the same offences.

Tributes have been paid to Danielle on social media by pals shocked at her untimely death.

One friend wrote: “RIP Danielle MJ Hamilton… you’ll be up there causing it… will miss your wee talks.”

Another said: “Knew Danielle from when she was a wee wean, tragedy.”

And another friend wrote: “Last time I seen her was at one of my house parties. Wee soul followed me about everywhere. How can she be gone?”

Her dad, Marvin, shot to fame on 2010 BBC documentary The Scheme. It followed the lives of six families in the deprived estates of Onthank and Knockinlaw in Kilmarnock.

Drug addict Marvin, along with his dog Bullet and ex, Dayna McLaughlin, became breakout stars as the show followed their chaotic lives.

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Speaking on a podcast last year he said he didn’t earn a penny from the show but earned money afterwards from appearances at parties and events.

He has not made any public statement about the death of his daughter and is said to still be mourning the death of his girlfriend, Sharon Cunningham in 2019.

But he revealed he stayed away from the 44-year-old’s funeral as her family made him “not welcome”.

Despite becoming a cult figure, he later claimed the show was the worst thing that happened to him. Former Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson branded the documentary “poverty porn”.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Officers received a report of the sudden death of a 26-year-old woman within a property on Fulton’s Lane in Kilmarnock around 11.55am on Sunday, June 5.

“The death is being treated as unexplained and inquiries are ongoing. A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal in due course.”

The Crown Office confirmed two men appeared in private at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court on Thursday, June 9. The 42-year-old was remanded in custody. Both are due to appear again within eight days.

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