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'Colourful' funeral for flamboyant lottery winner Melissa Ede

The funeral of flamboyant lottery millionaire Melissa Ede will take place later, with guests being urged to dress "as colourful as possible".

Transgender LGBT campaigner Miss Ede, 58, died from a heart attack earlier this month, her fiancee Rachel Nason has said.

Taxi driver Melissa Ede, 58, celebrating after her £4 million pound scratchcard win on New Year's Day. Credit: PA

The former Hull taxi driver was already known for her off-the-wall online videos and appearances on daytime TV shows when she scooped £4 million on a scratchcard 18 months ago.

Ms Ede's funeral will take place at Hull's Chanterlands Crematorium, followed by a private ceremony and then a wake in the city.

The funeral notice said the day will "celebrate her extraordinary life" and advised that the dress code is "as colourful as possible - preferably LGBT style".

Ms Nason explained how Ms Ede had gone to hospital on May 5, but came back to her Hull home five hours later "with the all clear".

She described how, a week later, she heard her car engine revving and went out to find her slumped at the wheel.

Ms Nason said that a post-mortem examination had revealed Ms Ede had ischemic heart disease, which led to a sudden heart attack.

She said on Facebook:

It's completely devastated so many of us, and to be taken so suddenly and unexpectedly is heartbreaking."

"If there was more people in the world like Mel then it would be such a better place.

"There's no words to describe how we feel at this moment in time but Mel is going to be missed so, so much."

– Fiancee Rachel Nason