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.”
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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