A MUM found dead on the sofa next to her three-year-old daughter has been remembered as "one in a million" by her heartbroken family.
Nicole Barnes, 29, had missed picking up her other three young children last week, sparking the school to call her partner Craig Galloway.
A friend had rushed over to Nicole's Liverpool home to see where she was and tragically found the mum-of-four unconscious on the couch next to her youngest daughter.
The pal tried to resuscitate her until paramedics arrived, but Nicole was sadly pronounced dead a short time later.
Her cause of death remains unknown.
The 29-year-old leaves behind partner Craig, 36, and their children, Niamh, 10, Scott, seven, Tom, five, and three-year-old Delilah.
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Nicole's cousin Kim Jowett, 36, said she is being remembered as an "absolutely amazing mum".
Kim told the Liverpool ECHO: "She picked up Delilah at 11.30am from nursery and was expected to pick her other children up later.
"She just passed away on the couch. She was an absolutely gorgeous young girl. She didn't have a bad bone in her body.
"She was an absolutely amazing mum and she did everything with such grace. She was a better mum than I ever could be.
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"She had loads of issues with getting her five-year-old into help and into school because of his autism but she didn't stop.
"She fought and fought until he got everything he ever needed."
Kim said everyone was devastated by what happened, adding: "She was such a gorgeous soul. No one in the world could ever say a bad word about her.
"One of her friends, Gemma, tried to do CPR. The medics did everything they could.
"This is going to be so hard for Craig. It is so sad she has lost her life and left her four poor babies behind. She was one in million.
"She left such an amazing impression on everyone's hearts and her children will never forget that.
"Niamh has took on a mums' role and is trying to be like her mum and help to take care of everyone but she shouldn't be doing that. This is just how she saw her mum, as someone who looked after everyone."
Kim has set up a crowdfunding page to try help support the family through the difficult weeks, months, and years to come.
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She had hoped to raise £10,000 to "help to ease the financial burden" on Craig, who is training to be a carpet fitter, and more than £14,900 had already been donated.
You can donate by visiting this GoFundMe page.
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