A ‘fit and healthy’ mother-of-seven died suddenly in her sleep leaving behind a heartbroken family.
Laura Hogg, 34, had been a full-time mum since she was 17 and was close to achieving her dream of becoming a qualified counsellor.
But the ‘kind’ and ‘funny’ single mother never woke up after going to bed on January 22.
Her family now face an excruciating wait for answers at an inquest after the post-mortem came back inconclusive.
Cousin Kayleigh Afzal said Laura adored her children and had just moved to Skegness, Lincolnshire, to start a new life near her mum Jane, 60.
She said: ‘I was just absolutely stunned and heartbroken when I found out what had happened. ‘I thought of those poor kids straight away, they must’ve been in the house when it happened.
‘She’d been a full-time mum since she was 17, but was so close to getting qualified and having her life as she’d always wanted it.’
‘She wanted to give the kids a new lease of life on the coast. One of her friends found her at her home in Skegness and called an ambulance, but she’d already died by the time they arrived.
‘Jane was back here seeing family when it happened and she’s now had to move back here.
She can’t face going back to Skegness after what’s happened. ‘We haven’t been told anything yet about how she died and that’s so hard, especially for the children.’
Laura’s death came nearly 25 years after her dad Russell died at the same age. Kayleigh, 32, is now running 5km every day to raise money for the children, who are aged between three and 14.