A mother-of-three has urged couples to not ‘go to bed angry’ after banishing her husband to the sofa in a row over him working long shifts – only to wake up and find him dead.
Ashley Murrell had a heated argument with her husband Mikey, 36, when he returned home late from a 16 hour shift as she was worried he was running himself into the ground.
The couple failed to resolve the argument before bed and Mrs Murrell told her husband to sleep on the sofa. However when the beauty therapist woke up the next morning, she discovered her husband had died.
She later learned her husband, who worked as a carpet cleaner, had been working extra hours to save money to take her to Prague for their anniversary on July 3.
Paying tribute to her husband Ms Murrell, who lives in Wellington in Somerset, said: ‘Mikey was so caring, if he walked into a room and saw someone unhappy he would be the first person there trying to cheer them up.
‘He absolutely loved his family. He wanted his kids to have all the things in life that he didn’t and he worked so hard to make that happen. He would work 16-hour shifts, seven days a week just so he could save up enough to take us all to Disney every year.
He was so worn out but he would do anything just to see us smile. But the hours he was working were just getting too much. He was so exhausted all the time and he was running himself into the ground and his health was going downhill fast.
When he came home that night he was a mess, I have never seen him so exhausted. I couldn’t stand seeing him like that and I got angry. I was sick of it. I had a go at him and told him to sleep on the sofa which was stupid because I really just wanted him around more.
When the ambulance came and they confirmed he was dead I collapsed onto the floor and I was sick. Nothing made sense. I felt so guilty. Losing Mikey has changed my entire perspective on life.
Life is too short to go to bed angry and not to spend every moment you can with your family.”