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The devastated friends and family of a mum-of-three found dead inside a charity shop bin have described her as 'creative and vibrant' in a moving tribute.

Mystery surrounds the 43-year-old's death and her family claim that they have still not been told the whole story.

Mikki O’Shea has been named as the woman who became stuck in a donation bin at a Gold Coast shopping centre.

A member of the public discovered her body at the back of Stockland Burleigh Heads shopping centre and called the police just after 7am on Monday.

Queensland Police said they were not treating Mikki's death as suspicious, and described her passing as a case of 'misadventure.'

News.com.au reports Ms O’Shea had been trying to grab an item from the donation bin when the lid came down and she became trapped.

The publication reports that indications suggest 'her neck became stuck in the bin.'

A fundraising page has since been launched by friends and well-wishers via Go Fund Me.

On the page, the woman is described as a "vibrant, creative, amazing person."

Her friends said: "Mikki was a vibrant, creative, and just all-around amazing person who was a devoted single mother to her 3 kids.

"She was the most generous person someone could ever meet. She was such a joyful woman who always lived life vicariously.

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The grieving family went on to claim that the media had demonised and demeaned the 'loving daughter, sister, niece, and devoted mother.'

The page adds: "I am asking that you donate to help support the family as they struggle with the difficulties of arranging her final farewell and all the extras associated with such a hard thing."

Paramedics had been called to the scene but Ms O’Shea was dead on their arrival.

Superintendent Rhys Wildman was said to have told reporters: "It is what we class as a death by misadventure.

“It appears as though a 43-year-old woman has attempted to attain or remove some items from those charity bins.

“She has unfortunately appeared to have been caught in the door mechanism while she was attempting to retrieve some of those items and has unfortunately passed away.”

Investigators were said to have discovered her car nearby filled with items including a children’s teddy bear and piles of clothes and shoes.

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