Woman, 30, dies in South Wales sunbed tragedy

Heartbroken family of newlywed bride, 30, who was found dead in tanning cubicle after collapsing with suspected heart problem launch fundraising appeal to fly her home to New Zealand

  • Piata Tauwhare, 30, collapsed and died in a South Wales tanning salon
  • She was found two hours after she collapsed in the stand up tanning booth
  • Her husband, Ifan Jones, 23, said they were raising money to fly her home 

The heartbroken family of a newlywed bride found dead in a Swansea tanning salon is raising cash to fly her home to New Zealand.

Piata Tauwhare, 30, collapsed in the tanning booth after booking an appointment for an 11-minute session.

The alarm was raised when her worried husband Ifan Jones, 23, was unable to contact her following the visit.

He called his mother Emma Collyer-Miles, 42, who then went to try to find Piata at Lextan in Swansea, South Wales, on Saturday.

The family is now raising money to fly tragic Piata home to New Zealand after her body was discovered on the ground in an upstanding tanning booth.

It is believed she suffered sudden arrhythmic death syndrome before she was found up to two hours later.

Ifan Jones, left, pictured with his wife Piata Tauwhare, right. Mr Jones paid tribute to his ‘selfless’ wife who died last weekend in a South Wales tanning salon

Ms Tauwhare, pictured, had booked an 11 minute tanning session on Saturday. Her mother-in-law Emma Collyer-Miles went to the salon after Ms Tauwhare failed to answer her phone when her body was discovered

Ms Tauwhare collapsed at Lextan in Fforestfach, Swansea on Sunday 

Mr Jones paid tribute to his ‘compassionate, selfless’ wife who worked as a mental health worker.

He said: ‘Anyone who has ever had the pleasure to grace the presence of Piata Tauwhare will know that she was one of the kindest and purest souls they have ever and will ever remember.

‘Her gleaming smile, eternally set on her sun-kissed face will live happily in our hearts forever. Even when she didn’t understand a word our weird Welsh accents were saying, her teeth still glistened courteously and reassuringly to make us feel heard.

‘That was her in a nutshell, a compassionate, selfless woman, putting others first, even when she couldn’t understand a bloody word we were saying.

‘Pi was the most caring, special daughter, sister, cousin, friend and wife.’

The couple married in September before moving back to Mr Jones’ hometown of Swansea.

Mother-in-law Emma described her as ‘an angel to us all’ and said the horrific incident will ‘stay with me forever.’

Family and friends have now raised over £5,500 to get Piata back to New Zealand.

A spokesman for Lextan said: ‘We can sadly confirm that a customer died while at our Fforestfach salon on Saturday, May 28th.

‘We give our condolences to the deceased’s family and friends, and we have also offered counselling to any affected staff.

‘We are cooperating with the investigation into this case by South Wales Police and any further enquiries should be made to them at this time.’

Police called to the salon at 4.05pm by paramedics but Piata was pronounced dead the same day.

Detective Inspector Gareth Jones of South Wales Police said: ‘South Wales Police was called around 4.05pm on Saturday, May 28, by the Welsh Ambulance Service following reports that the body of a woman had been found at commercial premises on Carmarthen Road, Fforestfach.

‘Emergency services attended and found the body of a woman in her 30s. There are believed to be no suspicious circumstances surrounding her death.’

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