A heartbroken mother died just weeks after her 10-year-old son passed away.

Ashley Tomlin from the UK said her entire world “caved in” after her beloved Jak died of a ruptured artery in November 2017.

Jak’s death came just one day after his grandfather passed away, shares 7 news.


“In 22 hours, everything has been taken away from us. Our whole world has just caved in,” Ashley said in an emotional tribute in the days after Jak’s death.

‘It’s ironic it was his heart because Jak had the biggest heart. He has given me the best 10 years of my life.”

“This was a total shock and out of the blue.”

Just weeks later, Ashley’s mother, Jill, found her having a seizure in the bathroom.

Paramedics were called but Ashley couldn’t be saved. It is suspected all three family members succumbed to the same condition.

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“Jill heard a noise and when she went in, she found Ashley having a seizure. The paramedics couldn’t bring her round,” Ashley’s devastated father, Keith Tomlin said.

“They think it was a massive heart attack, but I have my first meeting with the coroner and he told me he wishes they could put ‘broken heart’ on the death certificate, because that is basically what it was.”

Our thoughts are with the family. So terribly sad to lose three of their beloved family so close together.

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  • How sad. I’d like to think they are all together now .. I don’t know what happens after we die but that gives me peace


  • One wonders if there is a hereditary heart condition that 3 family members succumbed to the same problem so close together. I am surprised the Coroner has told relatives the cause of death already. Ashley would have suffered a lot of stress and anxiety besides the grief and shock of losing 2 close family members so close together. it is possible to stop breathing during a seizure and then the heart fails too.


  • How devastating for the family – I do understand her pain, losing such a young boy.


  • Yes, I believe people can die of a broken heart …… such a tragedy to hit the family – RIP all three and huge condolences to the remaining family members x


  • Its a wonder this doesn’t happen to more mums who lose their babies. I feel sick even thinking about it.


  • Oh this is just heartbreaking. I don’t know if there’s an afterlife but hopefully they are all together somewhere. RIP to the family, it must be extremely hard for them x


  • what a sad Christmas for that family. R.I.P. to them


  • Oh. So sad. Having to bury your child must be so heartbreaking. I completely believe she died of a broken heart. :-(


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