Tragic: mum clutches gift from kids in final picture hour before she fell to death from balcony on Christmas Day


What a tragedy for a family celebrating Christmas to lose a beloved mum, just  some minutes after receiving a gift from her child.

Sharon Anne Daly-O'Dwyer, 51, was killed after the final picture of her was taken on Christmas Day when she went outside in her dressing gown to smoke.

In the tragic picture, she can be seen holding the designer bag given to her by daughter Taylor, 22.

Taylor and her son Drew ran outside after hearing a loud bang after Ms Daly-O'Dwyer fell from the fourth floor balcony.

They spotted their mum, who had worked as a barmaid before losing her job as a result of the March lockdown, lying on the ground below.

Taylor then sat beside her mum's body in her pyjamas until undertakers in a private ambulance arrived to take her away.

Taylor told The Mirror: "She wasn't breathing and her eyes were open.

"I held her hand when they stopped the CPR and closed her eyes when they said they couldn't do any more.

"I gave her a kiss and said, 'I love you'."

The Metropolitan Police have said they are not treating the mum's death as suspicious.

Taylor, who said her mum was the "best", doesn't know what happened in the moments before Ms Daly-O'Dwyer's fall.

The single mum told the paper: "She was really happy with her presents.

"She said she was going to go back to bed before making dinner but would just have a cigarette.

"We were inside for two minutes when we heard a bang.

"My brother looked over the side of the balcony and said, 'She's down there'.

"We were just screaming."

Drew, 19, hugged nephew Harley, one, while Taylor rushed to be with her mum.

Her best friend Georgie Dileo, 23, said: “Taylor didn't move from her side until the end of the day when the undertakers came."

Heartbreaking photos taken shortly before the tragedy show Ms Daly-O'Dwyer smiling with her grandson.

Other snaps show her beaming with her children in the living room of the flat.

A fundraising page set up by Georgie has already raised more than £7,000 to support the family.

Taylor told the paper: "We don't have any savings to give her a proper funeral.

"I won't be able to forgive myself if she doesn't get the send off she deserves."


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