A grieving daughter collapsed and died at the funeral of her mum, a victim of coronavirus.

Laura Richards suffered a heart attack as she watched mum Julie Murphy's coffin being lowered into the ground.

Horrified relatives tried to save the 32-year-old but she died at the scene.

Her mum Julie, 63, had died from coronavirus and had just a handful of mourners allowed at her burial due to social distancing rules, the Mirror reports.

Julie Murphy died from coronavirus
Julie Murphy died from coronavirus

The horrifying incident happened in Atherstone, Warwickshire last week.

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.

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.

Laura suddenly couldn't breath as she watched her mum be lowered into the ground
Laura suddenly couldn't breath as she watched her mum be lowered into the ground

“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.

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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'.

Laura's stunned relatives tried to save her
Laura's stunned relatives tried to save her

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

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

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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."