A WOMAN who lost 12 stone in three years to boost her self esteem has died at the age of 35.
Lyndsay Firth, aged 35, of Steeton Court, Elsecar, had a gastric band fitted to help her shed the pounds.
She was planning to renew her wedding vows so she could have new photographs taken with her slimline figure.
But last Sunday she was found dead in bed after suffering an apparent heart attack.
The coroner was informed of the death but an inquest will not be held, as the tragedy has been recorded as natural causes.
Lyndsay’s husband Ted, 61, battled to revive his wife but she could not be saved.
He said: “Lyndsay was the love of my life and my soulmate. She was my everything, my best friend.”
He said Lyndsay was diagnosed with Reflex Syncope, a condition causing low blood pressure and blackouts, two years after she had her gastric band fitted.
Lyndsay paid for her gastric band operation privately.
Her husband said her new figure had boosted her confidence and she enjoyed being slim and buying fashionable clothes.
Her mum Sue, 60, said Lyndsay’s father, Gordon, had also died from a heart attack when he was aged 66.
Her mother said: “She has gone exactly the same way as her dad.
“I’m not blaming the weight loss, but things did become more noticeable as she started losing weight.
“She was my best friend and my rock, and I don’t know what I am going to do without her.”
A funeral service is to be held at Athersley Crematorium on Tuesday, January 29, at 11.30am.