Burnley dad's grief after discovering daughter, 26, dead in bed
A GRIEVING father has told of his devastation after finding his only daughter dead in bed.
Award-winning show jumper Laura Ferguson, 26, went to bed complaining of a headache but her father Joe was unable to wake her the next morning.
The care support worker’s death comes less than five years after her mum Anne passed away at the age of 54 after suffering a heart attack in the bath on Christmas Day.
Mr Ferguson, who lived in Norfolk Avenue, Burnley, with Laura, said the keen horse rider had struggled with the eating disorder anorexia since losing her mother.
The 59-year-old retired upholsterer said: “We were really close. I cannot understand it.
“We were going on holiday to Egypt next month and she was really looking forward to it.
“She was counting down the days and had bought a load of new clothes.
“Laura had an eating disorder after her mum died, but she was doing all right and she had put a bit of weight back on.
“She was happy with what she was doing and she loved going out to work. Laura always had a good word for anybody.
“She was kind and loving. I will miss her like mad.”
Laura, who won a gold medal for England at a pony jumping competition in Northern Ireland, also had a cat called Binz and a five-month-old Yorkshire Terrier puppy Pepe.
On Sunday, the day before Laura was found dead, she complained of tiredness after work.
Mr Ferguson said: “She came home at 6pm and she was not working again until 8pm that evening.
“She had a sit down and we were talking and playing with the dog.
“Laura went to work at 8pm and she came home again at 9.10pm, had her tea and we sat in the living room.
“She said she was tired, had a bit of a headache and that her eyes were stinging. I told her to have an early night and she went to bed at 11.10pm.
“In the morning, I went downstairs for a brew and to take the dog out.
“I bobbed my head around the door of her room and it looked like she was asleep.
“She had the TV on and her eyes were half open and I thought she was dozing. I thought she was having a lie-in.
“At dinner time I thought I had better wake her up and I found her still the same.
“I rushed downstairs and phoned the emergency services, but it was too late.”
Tributes also poured in on Facebook for the former Ivy Bank High School pupil.
Lynda Barlow said: “Devastating news. We are in shock.
“Spain is such a long way from the family at this awful time.
“Never to hear Laura's messages - too hard to bear - and hugs when we arrive to visit Burnley.
“Thoughts go back to Laura at our nursery, and house parties with Laura's pranks as she grew up.
“Such fond memories. We will miss her so much.
“Thoughts are with Joe and mum as she takes in the shock of the loss of her grand daughter who she loved so much.”
Danielle Reekie, who used to ride with Laura said: “Such shocking and sad news, I can't believe it.
“I remember sharing one of the happiest days of my life with you, when we jumped for England and won the gold all those years ago.
“You'll be very missed by a lot of people. Can't imagine what your family are going through.”
The coroner was informed and a post mortem examination has been carried out.
It found no sign of self harm or the use of drugs or alcohol and more tests are to be carried out to determine how Laura died.
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