A grieving daughter collapsed and died as she attended the funeral of her coronavirus victim mum.

Laura Richards, 32, suffered a heart attack as mum Julie Murphy, 63, was being lowered into the ground.

Horrified relatives and the vicar conducting the funeral tried to save Laura but she died at the scene.

She was among just a handful of mourners allowed at Julie’s burial in Atherstone, Warks, last week, due to social distancing rules.

Mum-of-four Julie, who had multiple sclerosis and dementia, died on March 15 after contracting coronavirus at her nursing home.

Laura’s half-sister Sadie, 45, said the family had been left reeling by the double tragedy.

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She was hear screaming ‘I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe’

She said: “They were lowering mum into the ground and Laura suddenly said ‘I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe’.

“She was clutching her chest. My daughter told her to sit down, and put a coat around her but she could barely speak or catch her breath.

“Even the vicar tried to help save her life. But there was nothing that could be done, she had a massive heart attack.

“To lose your sister at your mum’s funeral - it’s like a horror film. She was only 32. I think her body just gave up on her.

The daughter was among just a handful of mourners allowed at Julie’s burial

“I can’t get my head around that it happened just as mum’s coffin was being lowered. It’s just horrible. It’s wrong.”

In the days before her death, Laura posted a touching tribute to her mum on Facebook, saying: "I [love] you mum" - written with a heart emoji.

A witness to the graveside tragedy told The Sun : "It really was horrendous - Julie was being laid to rest and her daughter started saying 'my chest is tight, my chest is tight - I can't breathe'.

"She was stood on the tarmac, just to the side of the burial plot, and fell to the floor.

Laura with her mum Julie

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"She was on her side, clearly in distress."

Warwickshire Police confirmed they had been called to the scene about 12.30pm on Tuesday, March 31 to "concern for welfare" reports.

A spokesperson said: "The woman was taken to hospital by the ambulance service but sadly later died.

"The death is not being treated as suspicious."