Collect photo of 5 year old Elizabeth Spencer who died of a rare illness. See SWNS story SWCOLD; A tragic five-year-old girl died of a rare illness – days after she was struck down with a COLD. Happy and healthy Elizabeth Spencer suddenly collapsed the day after she developed flu-like symptoms and was rushed to A&E, where she was put in an induced coma. An excruciating 18 days later, the blonde-haired, blue-eyed youngster heartbreakingly passed away. The cold she caught had triggered an extremely rare auto immune condition that affects just one child in 1.2 million, which sent her body into overdrive to fight off the virus.