Trib­utes to fam­ily fol­low­ing tragedy

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A FAM­ILY’S triple-tragedy has moved com­plete strangers to tears.

As re­vealed in yes­ter­day’s Chron­i­cle, griev­ing mum Ash­ley Tom­lin had died sud­denly, just three weeks af­ter los­ing her lit­tle boy Jak Fada.

It is be­lieved the 32-year-old suc­cumbed to the same heart con­di­tion that took her 10-year-old son’s life, and that of her grand­fa­ther James Tom­lin, who died less than 24 hours be­fore Jak.

Ash­ley’s loved ones are to­day try­ing to come to terms with the loss of three beloved fam­ily mem­bers in the space of less than a month.

And as her par­ents Keith and Jill, both 59, make prepa­ra­tions for their daugh­ter’s funeral, Chron­i­cle read­ers have been flood­ing our Face­book page with mes­sages of sup­port.

Gary Ma­son said: “I re­ally couldn’t even finish that ar­ti­cle, gut-wrench­ing can’t imag­ine the hole that has been left in this fam­ily with three loses. Heart­break­ing.”

And Danielle Sing Key wrote: “Ab­so­lutely heart­break­ing to read. Hope­fully at peace now with her lit­tle boy.”

Foot­ball-mad Jak died in hos­pi­tal on Novem­ber 6, just hours af­ter com­plain­ing of chest pains.

Medics told his dev­as­tated fam­ily the 10-year-old had suf­fered a rup­tured heart artery.

Jak’s death came less than 22 hours af­ter his great-grand­fa­ther James Tom­lin passed away.

And dur­ing the early hours of Mon­day morn­ing his mum Ash­ley, from South Shields also lost her life. She is be­lieved to have suc­cumbed to the same deadly con­di­tion as her son.

In the weeks fol­low­ing her son’s death, Ash­ley’s fam­ily had feared she would not cope.

But trag­i­cally Keith be­lieves his daugh­ter had started to turn a cor­ner in the days be­fore she died.

He said: “I was so wor­ried that she wouldn’t be able to han­dle it.

“But she was start­ing to come to terms with it. We were mak­ing plans to go on a fam­ily hol­i­day, and she was talk­ing about Christ­mas.

“There were dif­fer­ent things that made me think she had turned a cor­ner. Ob­vi­ously when you lose a child, as I’m find­ing out now, it’s the worst thing that can hap­pen to you. She was just a wreck. But in the last five or six days I saw a change in her. She was so pos­i­tive.”

Jak was laid to rest at Har­ton Ceme­tery fol­low­ing an emo­tional funeral service at the home of his beloved South Shields FC, Mariners Park.

Ash­ley’s funeral will be held at South Shields Cre­ma­to­rium on Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 14 at 2pm.

Her ashes will then be buried with Jak.

Chron­i­cle read­ers have also told how read­ing of the Tom­lin’s dev­as­ta­tion has moved them to tears.

Leeanne Owens wrote on Face­book: “So sad it’s brought me to tears.”

While Eileen Hogg said: “This is one of the sad­dest things I’ve ever read and my heart goes out to all the fam­ily.”

Susie Woo added: “Cry­ing read­ing this dev­as­tat­ing news.”

And Jade Bell said: “I re­mem­ber read­ing the story of this lit­tle boy a few weeks ago and I cried and couldn’t sleep for think­ing of what his poor Mammy was go­ing through. It is ab­so­lutely tragic and I hope they are at peace to­gether.”

Ash­ley had been stay­ing at her mum Jill’s home on the night she died. Jill called for an am­bu­lance af­ter find­ing her daugh­ter had col­lapsed in the bath­room. But noth­ing could be done to save Ash­ley’s life, and she died at the home.

A post mortem ex­am­i­na­tion proved in­con­clu­sive and the cor­ner has or­dered fur­ther tests.

But Keith said it is be­lieved Ash­ley suf­fered the same heart con­di­tion as Jak, and the rest of the fam­ily will now un­dergo tests to see whether it could be hered­i­tary.

Jak Fada with his mum Ash­ley Tom­lin and great-grand­fa­ther James

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