Tributes are being paid to lottery winner Melissa Ede from Hull who died suddenly at the weekend.
The transgender LGBT campaigner and ex-taxi driver, 58, was well known for her quirky online videos and appearances on daytime television shows.
It is reported that Ms Ede passed away on Saturday.
Her partner Rachel Nasen, who is a paranormal investigator, told the Hull Daily Mail that Ms Ede had died, and shared the news on her own Facebook page.
Ms Nasen’s post had seen scores of comments about Ms Ede’s death.
Back in 2017, at a news conference to celebrate her £4m lottery win, Ms Ede declared: “I’m not Melissa Ede the taxi driver any more, I’m Mel the millionaire.
“Just because I’m a rich bitch doesn’t stop me being the crazy bitch I’ve always been.”
She pledged to continue with her media appearances, which saw her post strange clips about her life online, as well as appear on television programmes such as The Jeremy Kyle Show.
Earlier this month, Ms Ede posted a message on Facebook to her trolls, after she was taken to hospital after a suspected heart attack, but was later given the all clear.
She wrote: “First, people say it’s a shame I’m not dead. I’ve got a message for you people.
“There’s nothing wrong with with this ticker or my lungs. All been checked out.
“So you’ve got me for quite a while, yet. I’m sure that’ll make you all happy.”
On her lottery win, Ms Ede explained in 2017 how she went into a garage in Hull to buy fuel with £20.
Her fuel cost £8.91 and she said she could not decide between buying cigarettes or the £10 National Lottery Scratchcard.
She said: “Something was telling me to buy that scratchcard.”
When she realised she had won, she said: “I got back out of my car, I ran into the garage, I just went ‘Oh my god you will not believe this, you’ve just handed me £4 million’.”
Ms Ede recounted how she lived in a single room in a shared house and worked up to 15 hours a day in her Ford Mondeo taxi, which she rented, to make ends meet.
She said at the time: “The transgender fight to where I am now has been a difficult path.
“I received my operation almost seven years ago and I am really proud of who I am today.
“What a fairytale ending. It is all just like a dream.”
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