A heartbroken groom woke up the morning after his wedding to find his bride had passed away beside him.
Krzysztof Michalowski had married Mariola Orzechowska just hours before the discovery on Saturday morning.
Although the cause of death has not yet been established it is known Mariola suffered epilepsy and it is believed she may have had a fit in her sleep.
More than £5,000 has been donated by well-wishers to help Kris repatriate his wife’s body to the Polish village where she was born and raised.
She was found in bed by her husband at the home they shared in Catterick, North Yorkshire, after he had gone to feed their baby thinking his wife was sleeping in.
North Yorkshire Police were informed but a spokeswoman said there were no suspicious circumstances.
Kris’s close friend Michael Jonas said: “It should have been one of the happiest days of Mariola’s life.
“At their wedding reception it was clear for all to see that Kris and Mariola were very much in love.
“They had two beautiful children – both under four years of age – and they had plans, a future together and everything to live for but no-one could have seen the tragedy ahead.
“After the celebrations were over, Mariola went to bed and fell asleep and never woke up again.
“She might have dreamt of her wonderful wedding day spent with her husband, children, family and friends, or the happiness they’d shared together.
“But the brutal reality is that she lived only one day and one night as his wife.
“The family are devastated and heartbroken. We all know how cruel life can be, but surely this is one of the cruelest twists of fate.”
Kris works at landscaping firm Oakdale (Contracts) Ltd, based in Colburn, North Yorks, which Mr Jonas runs as its managing director.
He added: “Kris is a great lad. He’s worked his way from the shop floor to the office. We’ve watched him grow as a person and were delighted when he got engaged.
Mr Jonas said the wedding was still to pay for and now the grieving widow would have to pay for a funeral.
In a bid to help, he has launched an on-line appeal to raise £8,000 to help the family, with more than £5,000 already donated by Thursday evening.
Dozens of messages of condolence have been left for the family.
One message reads: “We are all deeply shocked to hear of the sudden death of your wife and we would like to offer our deepest sympathy.”
Another says: “So sad that your beautiful wife and the mother of your adorable children has been taken away Kris. So heart wrenching, so sorry for your loss.”
A spokeswoman for North Yorkshire Police said: “We were called to reports of the sudden death of a 38-year-old woman at 8.52am on the May 14.
“Enquiries were carried out at the address and there are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.
“A report is being prepared for the coroner.”
A JustGiving page has been set up in memory of Mariola.
Source: Mirror UK