News: Melissa Ede’s fiancee describes how she found lottery winner dead at wheel

News: Melissa Ede’s fiancee describes how she found lottery winner dead at wheel

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Melissa Ede’s heartbroken fiancee has told how she tried in vain to save the life of the transgender lottery winner after finding her slumped at the wheel of her car.

The 58-year-old former taxi driver from Hull had just had a bath and was on her way to buy cigarettes from a nearby petrol station when she collapsed in the vehicle as it was parked on the driveway outside her home.

When partner Rachel Nason looked out the front door to see why Melissa was revving the car but hadn’t driven away, she saw her lifeless body at the wheel.

Rachel, 37,  who got engaged to Melissa days before she scooped £4m on a scratch card in 2017, said she ran to the car and pleaded with her to “wake up”.

Melissa’s death came just days after the former Hull taxi driver began showing “classic signs” of a heart attack but was given the all-clear, HullLive reports.

Melissa Ede and her fiancée Rachel Nason on TV
(Image: BBC)

In a post written by Ms Nason and Melissa’s best friend, Rachael Dudding, on her Facebook page, she explained what had happened as well as posting poignant photos of them holding hands and gazing into each other’s eyes with smiles on their faces.

Ms Nason posted: “Myself and Rachael Dudding just want to thank everybody for all the kind messages over the last few days.

“As you can imagine, they have been very difficult and we didn’t want to post anything until there was an update and now we have one so here goes…

“Mel was rushed to hospital last Sunday as we all know and came home five hours later with the all clear.

“Throughout the week, Mel seemed to be suffering with some minor symptoms like arm ache, fatigue and lots of burping but was out and about as normal apart from Friday and Saturday when she slept during the day for a fair few hours which isn’t like her at all.

 

Melissa Ede and her fiancée Rachel Nason

“She didn’t feel ill enough to visit a GP but did say if after the weekend she still feels s*** she will go to the docs.”

Rachel says Melissa was in her car on Saturday night when she saw her “slumped” in the vehicle.

“Saturday night Mel had a bath and was popping to garage to get some cigs,” she said.

“I could hear her car engine revving outside and just assumed she was checking the engine or something and then the kids pizza got delivered and I looked from the front door to see what she was doing and could see her slumped in the car.

Ischemic heart disease

“I ran to it and started shouting ‘Mel wake up’ but she didn’t even flinch.

“I put my hand on her chest and ear near her mouth but could feel no heartbeat or hear no breath. I ran inside and got my phone and called 999.

“My son had to help me get Mel out the car and onto the floor so I could begin CPR and, within minutes, the ambulance arrived and took over.

“They tried so hard for what seemed like an eternity but, after an hour, they asked us to sit down and the paramedic with tears in his eyes told us they tried absolutely everything.

“And we would like like to thank them for not giving up on her until there was nothing more they could do so thank you so much, also to Humberside Police for being in attendance.”

Ms Nason says she has now been told Melissa had ischemic heart disease and suffered acute hemopericardium, causing a sudden heart attack.

“At 9am this morning, I’ve had a call to give me the results of the autopsy and Mel had Ischemic Heart Disease which is very hard to detect and suffered acute hemopericardium causing a sudden heart attack,” she wrote.

“Mel obviously didn’t know she had this otherwise she would of sought medical advice asap. It’s completely devastated so many of us and to be taken so suddenly and unexpectedly is heartbreaking. ”

She added: “I know many people just thought she was an arrogant c**t and a weirdo but she was actually quite the opposite… annoying, yes definitely but also clever, funny and had true concerns about people who messaged her wanting help and advice and I take my hat off to her because she was actually an inspiration and genuinely cared and would help if she could and if there was more people in the world like Mel, then it would be such a better place.

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“There’s no words to describe how we feel at this moment in time but Mel is going to be missed so so much.

“Sending love to Mel’s family and her many friends too.

“Love You Mel. R.I.P. Funeral info will be in HDM newspaper and online. Chanterlands Ave Crematorium Chapel. 30th May 12.30pm.”



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