NZ newlywed dies suddenly in tanning salon: 'Most tragic way'

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Tributes are flowing for a New Zealand woman after she died inside a beauty parlour in the UK.

Newlywed Piata Tauwhare, 30, was found collapsed and unresponsive at a tanning studio in the Welsh city of Swansea on Saturday.

She had booked a routine 11-minute tanning appointment, however is believed to have suffered a medical episode and was only found two hours later, the Daily Mail reported.

Her mother-in-law Emma Collyer-Miles visited the salon to try and find her and discovered the door of the standing tanning booth Ms Tauwhare was using was locked, and after a short struggle, managed to force it open.

Piata Tauwhare has been remembered as a loving young woman. Source: GoFundMe
Piata Tauwhare has been remembered as a loving young woman. Source: GoFundMe

“As soon as I opened that door I knew she’d gone. It’ll stay with me forever," she told The Sun.

Attempts to revive Ms Tauwhare were unsuccessful and she was pronounced dead four hours after her appointment began.

Ms Tauwhare had married her partner Ifan Jones, 23, last September and the pair had recently relocated to his hometown to start a new life together.

"Piata was the most wonderful, beautiful person in the world. She lit up my life and made me a better person," he told The Sun.

"Our hearts are broken without her and she died in the most appalling and tragic way."

Ms Tauwhare is suspected to have suffered sudden arrhythmic death syndrome, causing her to collapse inside the booth.

Piata Tauwhare pictured with her husband Ifan Jones. Source: Facebook
Piata Tauwhare pictured with her husband Ifan Jones. Source: Facebook

Police told Wales Online there are "no suspicious circumstances" surrounding Ms Tauwhare's death.

However Mr Jones has questioned how his wife failing to reappear did not alert staff to a problem.

The tanning salon said in a statement it was cooperating with police and offered their condolences to her family. Staff are also receiving counselling after the discovery of Ms Tauwhare's body.

New Zealander's body to be flown home

A GoFundMe page has been set up to support her family and Mr Jones, while funds will be used to fly her body home to New Zealand.

"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," the fundraiser reads.

"Pi was the most caring, special daughter, sister, cousin, friend and wife. She left an impression on us all."

The fundraiser had raised $10,100 as of Thursday evening.

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