The fiancee of lottery winner and transgender LGBT rights campaigner Melissa Ede says she has been “completely devastated” by her dying.
The 58-year-old, who gained £4m on a lottery scratch card in 2017, died on Saturday night time, police stated.
Her associate, Rachel Nason, stated she discovered her slumped in a car at their residence, close to Hull, after a coronary heart assault.
Ms Nason described her fiancee as “clever”, “funny” and an inspiration to others.
Posting on Fb, Ms Nason stated a autopsy examination confirmed her associate had ischemic coronary heart illness, which led to “a sudden heart attack”.
The previous taxi driver went out to get cigarettes however shortly afterwards Ms Nason seen her car engine revving.
Describing her rescue try, Ms Nason stated: “I ran to it and began shouting ‘Mel, get up’ however she did not even flinch.
“I put my hand on her chest and ear close to her mouth however may really feel no heartbeat or hear no breath.”
She stated she dialled 999 and began performing CPR, earlier than paramedics arrived.
Ms Nason stated the lottery winner suffered from minor signs all week “like arm ache, fatigue and many burping”, since going into hospital on 5 May when she received “the all clear” from medics.
However she “did not really feel in poor health sufficient to go to a GP”, she stated.
“Mel clearly did not know she had this in any other case she would of sought medical recommendation.
“It’s completely devastated so many of us and to be taken so suddenly and unexpectedly is heartbreaking.”
Ms Ede’s funeral is because of happen on 30 Could in Hull.
Earlier than scooping the jackpot, she was identified for her TV appearances and posting movies of herself on-line, attracting hundreds of social media followers.