Wife finds love with brother-in-law after husband dies during a marital fight

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Two months ago British mom Ashley Murrell found her husband dead on the couch. The couple had been bickering about the long hours Mickey Murrell was working, and he’d spent his last night on the couch. Ashley shared her story with The Sun, imploring other couples to always make up before bedtime. Now, she’s found love again in the arms of her husband’s brother Chris.

36-year-old Mickey had been working grueling 16-hour shifts seven days a week as a carpet cleaner to make sure their family of five could not only meet their needs but also be able to go on vacations like Disney every year. “He was so worn out but he would do anything just to see us smile,” told The Sun.

“But the hours he was working were just getting too much,” she continued. “He was so exhausted all the time and he was running himself into the ground and his health was going downhill fast.”

On May 16 Ashley says he came home exhausted and “a mess.” She got angry at him because he was working so much, and told him to sleep on the couch. She really just wanted him around more, so asking him to sleep on the couch resulted in the opposite of her intentions.

“When I came out of the bedroom and saw him the next morning I knew something was wrong straight away,” she says. “He was lying exactly where I left him and his face was all discoloured – he looked grey.”

Once she realized he had passed away, she started screaming and passed out.

The mother, from Wellington, Somerset, said she couldn’t process losing the 36-year-old dad, who had been planning to take her to Prague for their July 3 anniversary. “It felt so surreal, I couldn’t process it,” she said. “I didn’t feel like he was dead, I felt like he had left me.”

She says she struggles with intense guilt over the circumstances of his death, and that the last words he heard from her were angry words. “Heartbreaking doesn’t begin to cover it.”

Ashley has now been seeking solace in her late husband’s brother Chris. She recently posted a now-deleted romantic photo of herself with her former brother-in-law and changed her Facebook status to in a relationship with him. Right before she made that social media announcement, she shared a tribute to Mickey: “Rest in peace My darling husband.”

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Chris and Mickey’s sister CJ Murrell also confirmed that they were together on Facebook, but is overwhelmed both by their decision during this time of grief and by the media attention.

“Chris and Ashley have been through so much but they have really been there for each other,” a friend told The Sun about the new relationship. “It’s strange how from something so awful, something good can happen. They are really happy together.”

“They’ve had so much hate and negativity because of their relationship but them being together doesn’t change how Ashley felt about Mikey.”

CJ Murrell posted her feelings about the situation on Facebook:

“PISSED OFF IS A F**KIN UNDERSTATEMENT I do not agree with what Ashley and Christopher have done I think it’s disgusting and disrespectful 2 my brother Michael’s memory what I don’t need is fuckin reporters knocking on my fuckin door please for the last time leave me alone.”

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  • Shanaynay

    The wife killed him. Whether or not intentionally, she still killed him. I’d be having his death investigated! Seems a little shady for her & the BIL to get together so quickly afterwards. I bet they were hooking up long before but needed the hubs outta the way. Idk. Maybe I watch too much ID channel. Lol

    • sysmjp

      My thoughts exactly. She’s got those Hanna Anderson sociopath eyes too.

  • cali

    That’s so strange to me, I feel that if I were in that sotuation I would keep my feelings to myself and not date him! What are her kids going to call him dad or uncle?

  • Ashley

    I don’t know about this….maybe if some more time had passed it might be a little more understandable but still not really. I lost my bf of 10 years about 1 1/2years ago and he didn’t have a brother but a friend like his brother, his friend recently asked me out told me he’s always thought I was beautiful, I turned him down because I would feel like I was betraying my late bf in some way, I would never date his friends if we had broken up. But 2 months and with his brother?!?

    • DanaD

      Right?? I mean, I think I would be more occupied with helping my children deal with the death of their father to even consider starting a new relationship especially with their uncle!! Something tells me they hooked up way before his brother died.

      And I’m sorry for your loss. It’s hard losing a partner after being together so long.

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  • bambiglanville

    Very very very odd… and very soon after a tragedy.

  • Stacy

    Wow. No shame eh? You want him to take you to Prague but complain when he has to work hard to pay for it, then jump in bed with his brother 2 months later. Seriously?? She a snake.

  • DanaD

    The first question I have is how much did she insure him for? This story sounds so shady. How does someone move on so fast and to his brother who is basically a better looking version of him?

  • TA

    This is very similar to a recent story I read about a Blogger online. Her husband died of cancer, and less than 3 months after his death, she was already remarried. And she has 5 children.
    I suppose to each their own, but 2 or 3 months seems very fast to begin dating again, let alone say you’re in love or to get married.

    If my husband were working 16 hours a day every day of the week, I’d step up and get a job, too, so that we could both share the financial burden. Or perhaps find ways in our budget to cut back so he could work less. Something seems really odd here.

  • Bebe

    Their new relationship is nobody’s business… but maaaaaaybe if she had cut down on the pricey vacations, he wouldn’t have had to work so much overtime. I think people forget all too often- no one is entitled to a vacation.

  • Amanda_56

    So her husband was busting his ass to take them on trips and she makes him sleep on the couch ? Why not just cancel the trips?
    Then she dates his brother 2 months later ? This woman is SELFISH!! Her kids just lost their father, and the first thing she wants to do is hook up with his brother? Insane guilt? She looks to be coping just fine. She seems like the type of woman who just takes, takes, takes!

    • Alisson Leech

      When she said he was taking her to Prague I thought, you guys can’t afford to leave the country. She sounds awful.

  • Yikess

    My god, his body is still not fully decomposed, and she booed up with his brother. Chyna move over and hand this heffa the crown.

  • Charla

    Sounds shady as hell. Most likely they were already seeing each other. No one would be thinking about dating someone else two months after unexpectedly losing their spouse. They may want to look more closely into how he choked in his sleep and the life insurance policy. Smh

  • Alisson Leech

    She sounds high maintenance. Good luck with that one brother in law!

  • May

    The relationship itself isn’t that odd, I’ve seen similar stuff happen in real life and it was very common historically, but the fact that it’s only been a couple months is very disturbing! How had she moved on so quickly? What about the kids? And if she didn’t want her husband working so many hours, why did they even plan the vacations to begin with? Whatever happened to living within your means? There’s no reason a man should work himself into an early grave just so his family can go on big vacations! His responsibility as a provider was to keep them fed, clothed, and a roof over their heads, not to take an ungrateful woman to Prague.

  • ChelseaHouskasEyebrows

    If my brother in law looked like that I might jump on it too.

    • Yikess

      Right! He’s cuuuute.

  • ameliaBedelia76

    wow she didnt even wait 2 months after her “darling husband” died trying to keep her happy with material possessions? Wow…I agree with everyone else who says her & the BIL were together before the hubby died. Now there is no time for grief and how someone handles it but this is extreme.