A grieving daughter died of a heart attack during her mum’s funeral following her death from coronavirus.
Laura Richard’s family said the 32-year-old’s body must have just “given up on her” as she stood by the graveside at Atherstone Cemetery in Warwickshire.
Her mum Julie Murphy, 63, died, leaving the family reeling from the double tragedy.
Laura collapsed clutching her chest during the service, and despite the vicar and other mourners’ desperate efforts, they were unable to save her life.
Her half-sister Sadie, 45, said her daughter was one of the few family members at the service and tried to save Laura.
She told Sun Online: “They were lowering my mum into the ground and Laura suddenly said ‘I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe’.”
Sadie said she was clutching her chest when her daughter told her to sit down and put a coat around her.
“Even the vicar tried to help save her life. But there was nothing that could be done, she had a massive heart attack.
“To lose your sister at your mum’s funeral — it’s like a horror film. She was only 32.”
She added: “I can’t get my head around that it happened just as mum’s coffin was being lowered.”
Grandma and mum-of-four Julie died in hospital on March 15 after contracting coronavirus at Oldbury Grange nursing home in Nuneaton, Warwickshire.