The daughter of a mum who suddenly died at the age of 51 spoke movingly to the ECHO about her "soul mate" mum.

Sonia Booth, from Prenton, suffered a heart attack last Monday, May 25.

Her daughter, Chelsea Reilly, 28, said family and friends are all in shock after the seemingly “fit and healthy” mum died unexpectedly.

She told the ECHO that her mum had been a carer for her nan for the past 16 years and had been “her hero, her soulmate and her rock”.

She said: “My mum was a very special person with a heart of gold.

“We used to go on nights out together, go on holiday together, go shopping together at Christmas.

“She would put funny hats on and dance around the shop.

“When she lost her dad she became my nan’s full-time carer.

“She was our best mate – we are truly lost and heartbroken without her.”

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Chelsea had been speaking to her mum over Facebook Messenger around half an hour before she suffered a heart attack and died.

She said: “I got a call from my cousin at about 12.15pm to say my mum had stopped breathing.

“When I got to my mum’s house she was already gone.”

Doctors told her that her mum’s arteries had completely blocked which stopped the blood supply to her heart, and also that her cholesterol was high.

Sonia Booth, 51, was a carer for her mum Norma (Ninny)

Chelsea said: “She looked fit and healthy, everyone is in total shock.

“Her next-door neighbour is absolutely distraught, she can’t believe it because of how fit and healthy she seemed.”

The family have set up a Gofundme page as her mum’s death was so unexpected she hadn’t taken out any life insurance.

She said: “Please if you don’t have it [life insurance] get it as you never know when bad times are going to happen.”

Sonia Booth’s funeral will be held on June 26 at 3.00pm at Landican Cemetery and Crematorium.

Chelsea said people are welcome to attend as long as social distancing rules are followed and only 15 members of the family and close friends are allowed in the church.

She asked attendees to the funeral if they could wear lemon as it was her mum's favourite colour.

She added: “My mum was my hero, my soul mate and my rock all in one.

“I miss you, my angel, I will be heartbroken until we meet again.”