A heartbroken groom woke up the morning after his wedding to find his bride had passed away beside him. Krzysztof Michalowski had married tragic 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.
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.