Transgender taxi driving lottery winner Melissa Ede dies aged 58

Transgender lottery winner Melissa Ede has died aged 58.

Her fiancee, Rachel Nason, confirmed the sad news this morning that Melissa died suddenly on Saturday night, reports Hull Live.

Her family have said funeral arrangements are being made and details will be released to the public at a later date.

It comes days after the former taxi driver from Hull, who won £4million on a scratch card, was rushed to hospital with a suspected heart attack on bank holiday Monday.

Melissa – who said she was "Hull's very own Katie Price" – had been struggling to breathe and had terrible chest pains.

She told The Mirror last Tuesday: “I really did think my time was up. My chest was crushing in. I thought, ‘This is it.’


“I told Rachel [her fiancee], ‘I love you so much. Always remember that.’"

An ambulance arrived five minutes after Rachel dialled 999. “They were absolutely amazing,” Mel said.

She added that after five hours at Hull Royal Infirmary, where she had blood tests, heart checks and X-rays on her lungs, she got the all-clear.

At the time, doctors said it was not a heart attack and her lungs and heart were fine.

“It makes you realise how precious life is,” Melissa had said.

She tragically added: “You can be here one minute and gone the next."


The drama began after Mel rushed to finish mowing the lawn at her Hull home, before a downpour on Sunday.

She said: “I was really out of breath afterwards. It all kicked off early Monday and again in the afternoon.

“My heart was pounding and it was all the signs of a heart attack.”

Mel had recently told The Mirror that she felt like a “brand new woman” after splashing out £50,000 on new teeth, lip fillers, cheek fillers and botox.


Just weeks ago she paid £42,000 on 23 new teeth.

She had booked the “next phase” of her transformation – and was about to fork out £15,000 on a nose job and facelift.

Melissa's life changed when she bought a £10 scratchcard on December 30, 2017 that revealed her multi-million pound win.

She immediately quit her job – and had her first New Year off in 25 years.

She also moved out of her bedsit in Hull and bought a new £450,000 home for her and fiancée Rachel, who she proposed to three days before her win.

Melissa and Rachel, who has five young children, met on a ghost-hunting trip.

She also previously told how she had fallen out with her family after feeling they rejected her for being transgender .

At the time of her win, Melissa said her children, aged 19 to 39, had “cut me out of their lives”.


She once went on Jeremy Kyle to prove her youngest daughter was not hers.

But her family denied rejecting her for becoming a woman – saying she had embarrassed them with bizarre online videos in her pursuit of celebrity.

Since her win, Melissa – who wanted to promote transgender issues with Caitlyn Jenner – splashed out on an engagement ring for fiancée Rachel, 37.

Born Les, she said she made the change to Melissa around 13 years ago – after her ex ran off with a Turkish waiter.

She previously said: “When we came back from holiday I left the family home and I knew I wasn’t going to live like that again.

“I went out with my best friend, bought a load of clothes and from then I’ve been Melissa.”

Just last week Melissa had also hit out at trolls who had sent her "death wishes" after a recent health scare.

She said: "People saying it is a shame I’m not dead. Well, I’ve got a message to you people, there’s nothing actually wrong with this ticker or my lungs, all been checked out so you’ve got me for quite a while yet so I’m sure that will make you all happy."

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