Tragic death of Norwich bride-to-be just days before wedding

A 47-year-old grandmother who mysteriously died earlier this month was due to get married the following week, her partner said.

Mandy Amies, of Pilling Park Road, Thorpe Hamlet, was pronounced dead at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital on April 8.

An inquest was adjourned last week after a post-mortem examination was carried out. But the cause of her death has not been established and toxicology tests are being carried out.

Ms Amies was unwell on April 7 and taken to hospital, where she died the following day. Her partner Keith Alden, 43, who lived with her, paid tribute to the former beauty therapist.

He said: 'She was a bubbly and happy-go-lucky character who had everything going for her, and then this happened. She will be sadly missed.'

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The couple had been together about three years and were due to get married.

Mr Alden, a former builder now on employment and support allowance due to a back problem, said: 'She died on Easter Sunday and we were due to due to get married the following Friday.'

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He said Ms Amies had generally been in good health. 'On the day she was taken to hospital she was chatting to ambulance staff. The next day, at about 8am, I got a call from the doctor who said she had taken a turn for the worse. She died later.'

Ms Amies had a son Aaron, 24, daughter Chantelle, 22, and a four-year-old granddaughter.

Her funeral will be held at Earlham cemetery at 11.30am on Wednesday.

Would you like to pay tribute to a loved one in the paper? Call reporter David Bale on 01603 772427 or email

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