Mel­bourne co­me­dian Eury­dice Dixon was a 'joy­ous and in­de­pen­dent spirit'

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Friends and col­leagues have paid trib­ute to young co­me­dian Eury­dice Dixon, re­mem­ber­ing her as a ta­lented per­former and “re­mark­able” young woman with a bright fu­ture.

Trib­utes flowed in on Thursday for Dixon, whose body was found on Wednesday morn­ing in Mel­bourne’s Princes Park. A man has been charged with her mur­der.

Co­me­dian Nicky Barry said Dixon was a “joy­ous and in­de­pen­dent spirit” who was dearly loved by those who met her.

“She was of­ten some­one who pro­vided an ear and some wise words to oth­ers when they were hav­ing a hard time,” Barry said. “She was a re­ally re­mark­able young woman. She was a very ta­lented co­me­dian. And she re­ally had just started to find her feet as a per­former.

“She had made a lot of friends on the com­edy scene and was a very, very kind-hearted per­son. She was very dearly loved by a lot of peo­ple.”

A GoFundMe cam­paign to raise funds for her fam­ily had raised $10,000 at the time of pub­li­ca­tion.

“We would like her to be re­mem­bered as a re­ally joy­ous and in­de­pen­dent spirit,” Barry said. “She was very bright and very witty and she had a real pas­sion for women’s is­sues and so­cial jus­tice. She was a very fierce fem­i­nist. She of­ten drew upon those themes in the com­edy she per­formed.

“We were all very sure that as a per­former she had the po­ten­tial to re­ally be very suc­cess­ful. And she was just an all-round lovely per­son. She will very, very sorely missed.”

Co­me­dian Ju­lia Mor­ris de­scribed Dixon as an “im­por­tant and funny voice” on Twit­ter, say­ing she was “ab­so­lutely shat­tered” to hear of her death.

The High­lander Bar in Mel­bourne’s CBD, where Dixon per­formed on Tuesday night, said she was a “re­mark­able, ta­lented, kind, unique and uni­ver­sally loved per­son”.

“The en­tire staff are shat­tered and heart­bro­ken,” they said. “Our heart goes out to her fam­ily, the com­edy com­mu­nity and ev­ery­one else who knew and loved her. She will be re­mem­bered fondly and sadly missed.”

A 19-year-old man from Broad­mead­ows, Jaymes Todd, is in cus­tody, and has been charged with one count of rape and one count of mur­der. Po­lice al­lege he at­tacked Dixon on Tuesday night as she was mak­ing her way home af­ter per­form­ing at a com­edy show.

He faced Mel­bourne Mag­is­trates Court on Thursday and was re­manded to reap­pear in court on Oc­to­ber 3.

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Co­me­dian Ju­lia Mor­ris de­scribed Eury­dice Dixon, whose body was found in Mel­bourne’s Prince’s Park, as ‘an im­por­tant and funny voice’.

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