A human rights lawyer jailed for abusing Air India cabin crew after being refused alcohol on a business class flight is thought to have killed herself at Beachy Head days after being released from prison.Simone Burns, 50, was sentenced to six months in April after racially abusing and spitting at stewards during a flight from Mumbai to London last year.She was released from Bronzefield women’s prison on licence on May 20 and was found dead at the foot of cliffs in East Sussex 13 days later.A friend, who did not want to be named, said her “world fell apart” after her conviction and she became a target for internet trolls after the four-minute clip of her inebriated rant went viral on social media.Burns was diagnosed with skin cancer 18 years ago, a condition that required multiple biopsies and surgeries. At the time of her court appearance she was waiting to get a prosthetic nose. A spokesman for Sussex Police said: “The body of a woman found at Beachy Head on June 1 has been identified as Simone Burns from Hove. “The death is not being treated as suspicious and the next of kin have been informed. The matter has been passed to the coroner’s officer.” The barrister, who was born in Belfast and also used the surname O’Broin, admitting being drunk on an aircraft and assault. She had been served three small bottles of red wine while on the nine-hour flight in November last year.She was filmed hurling abuse and shouting, “I’m a f—ing international lawyer” at stewards after being refused more wine. Burns, who was called to the bar in 1992 and had worked with refugees around the world, had also attempted three times to light a cigarette in the lavatory.At Isleworth Crown Court in April, Burns buried her head in her hands as the video of her tirade was played. Her lawyers told the court she had no recollection of the incident and had received death threats online after the recording was shared on social media.It was claimed her actions were out of character due to a “mixture of altitude, consumption of drink and anxiety” at the fact that she was likely to miss an uncle’s funeral.You can contact the Samaritans at 116 123 or samaritans.org. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.