Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Perfect Day out Ends in Tragedy

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Perfect Day out Ends in Tragedy

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Byline: By Sophie Doughty

Fun-loving Mandi Grounsell was full of life as she danced on the table at her favourite pub.

But less than 24 hours after she enjoyed a night out with her sister, the 30-year-old mum was dead.

She stopped breathing without explanation the next day, while out visiting family with her husband Paul.

Today Mandi's family told the Chronicle of their shock at her death, last Saturday, and the heartache of not knowing why she died.

Paul, 37, said: "We still don't know why she died. We were just having a perfect day, right until the last second."

Mandi and Paul lived at Tynevale Terrace, in Bensham, Gateshead, with Mandi's 13-year-old daughter Amie.

Mandi had suffered from epilepsy all her life but had the condition under control and had not had a fit for two years.

Paul watched on helpless as he lost the woman he called his soul-mate. He said: "She suddenly sat down on a chair and I thought she was having a fit," he said. "I picked her up and put her in the recovery position. But she died very, very quickly."

Paramedics tried to revive Mandi for half an hour, but nothing could be done.

"They just couldn't get her heart started again," said Paul. "It is an awful shock for all of us. It is so hard because everything was fine and it was just so sudden. We all just feel really numb. We need to know what happened because we need some closure, but we know it's going to take some time.

"I was there when she died and I don't think she knew anything about it or felt any pain and that is comforting.

"In the future I will be glad I was there. She could have been by herself somewhere. At least I was with her and I was able to hold her hand."

An inquest has been opened and adjourned into her death.

Factory worker Mandi was a self-confessed tomboy.

She was loved by all the regulars at the Bensham Jockey pub, where she was unbeaten on the pool table, and she was a devoted Newcastle United supporter.

Every year she bought her dad Stan Kettle, 54, the latest black and white shirt, with Number 1 Pops printed on the back. …

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