Wife's grief as Chris Law, 28, dies in Plymouth street
THE grief-stricken wife of a heart patient who collapsed and died in the road outside his home has paid moving tribute to her 'soulmate'.
Chris Law was found beside his Suzuki motorbike in Shakespeare Road, Honicknowle, shortly after 5am yesterday.
His wife of two years, Hellen, has been left stunned by Chris' death.
The 28-year-old had been wearing a heart monitor to establish what was causing palpitations he'd been suffering from since October last year.
It is the second tragedy to hit the family in recent years.
Chris' sister Sue died at the age of 28 in April 2011 from complications following a liver transplant.
Devastated Hellen, 45, said: "He was my everything and I was his.
"I know it sounds like a cliche, but he was my soulmate. I should have met him when I was younger."
Neighbours who found Chris desperately tried to keep him alive with CPR until paramedics arrived.
He was taken to Derriford Hospital but efforts to save his life proved fruitless.
Hellen said: "He leaves for work at 4.45am and kisses me before he goes.
"I was about to get in the shower and I saw flashing blue lights outside. I just ran outside in my jammies.
"The police were walking up the road towards me. They told me it was my husband.
"It's heartbreaking. I just can't believe it."
The couple had enjoyed a rare day off together on Tuesday – Chris worked as a manager at the Spar shop in Royal Parade and Hellen is a sales assistant at the nearby Texaco – which they spent relaxing at home before going out for a meal.
Hellen continued: "He was absolutely fine when he went to bed about 10.30pm.
"He got up as usual with no complaints.
"He was fit and healthy. He went to the gym and had a trainer on a Friday. His job is really physical but he didn't have any problems."
However, doctors were trying to get to the bottom of Chris' heart problems.
Hellen continued: "He had an ECG a couple of weeks ago which showed nothing.
"He had a heart monitor fitted to record anything unusual going on."
Hellen, Chris's mum Gill and his nephews Jessie, 13, and Kyle, eight, Sue's children, are being comforted by friends and family.
The couple were married at Brunswick Church, Stoke in September 2010. Hellen said: "Nobody would ever speak ill of Chris.
"Anyone who met Chris loved him.
"He was a fun guy and a loyal friend.
"His friends, Dan, Aaron, Robbie, Chris and Matt, were a big part of his life growing up and now.
"They were as much his family as his own blood.
"He was a very family-orientated man. He worshipped his mum.
"Eventually, I'll take comfort from that."
Chris, who grew up in Barne Barton and went to Tamarside school, had ambitions to become a solicitor and studied law after leaving school. But he had to give it up when Sue became ill.
Hellen continued: "He loved his job and he worked hard. He was fair with everyone and was very well thought of and respected."
Chris' mum Gill added simply: "Chris was a beautiful son and a beautiful soul."
Shakespeare Road was closed from its junction with St Peters Road until 7.30am.
A post-mortem examination will be carried out before Chris's funeral arrangements are made.