A healthy 28-year-old mum suddenly died at home – leaving her young children asking to “call mummy in heaven”.
Ashley Grundy spoke to her parents on New Year’s Eve, telling them she felt unwell and was going to stay in alone as her two children were being cared for by a former partner.
The next day, her dad Ash Selector, 54, and mum Sarah Grundy, 51, said they found her lifeless body at her home in Harrow, North West London.
They then had to break the news to Ashley’s children Lailani, six, and Maverick, three, that their mum had gone to heaven.
Sarah said the children then asked to “phone her” in heaven to hear her voice.
Speaking to The Sun, Sarah said: “We just told Lailani that mummy died and went to heaven. She said ‘can I phone her?
“I had to say, no they don’t have phones up in heaven.”
Sarah went on to describe her last conversation with Ashley, when they called to ask her to go out and celebrate the New Year with them on December 31.
The heartbroken mum said Ashley told then she was “really not feeling well”.
Hours later when Ashley’s parents couldn’t get through to wish her Happy New Year, they presumed she had decided to go out or that the phone lines were jammed at midnight.
But alarm bells rang when they arrived at her house to drop off her children and noticed her house was closed up.
Their worst fears were confirmed when they found their daughter’s body in a room upstairs, and desperately tried to keep the children from seeing.
Met Police are not treating her death as suspicious.
A GoFundMe page has since been set up by dad Ash for grandchildren Lailani and Maverick. He hopes to raise £60,000.
He wrote: “New Year’s Day 2019 my heart broke and heaven received one of its most precious angels.
“My beautiful loving daughter Ashley Grundy passed away leaving her two beautiful children Lailani and Maverick behind. I loved their mother dearly, but I could not make her stay.
“A golden heart stopped beating.
“These 2 children, my grandchildren, will now grow up without their mother’s love and support. Such a heavy loss for them to endure at their tender age.
“Nobody can replace the unconditional love of a mother, they are the most important person in a child’s life. She can now only shine her light on them from heaven.
“What I’m trying to do here is raise funds for their future care & give them some much needed stability.”
Mike Antoniou, a former partner of Ashley, also paid a heartrending tribute.
He wrote: “The world has lost an incredible woman.
“I admired you so much because you stood up to anyone and everyone for what you believed in. You were always the biggest personality in every room and everyone you ever met always fell in love with you.
“I could honestly go on for days about how incredible you were.”