Mother’s tribute to ‘beautiful girl’ found dead on Greek holiday

Rachael Burford

A heartbroken mother has paid tribute to her “beautiful and funny” daughter who died suddenly on a Greek holiday island.

Amuwa Igiehon’s eldest child Anita Aguda, 29, a community development officer for a housing association, was found lifeless in her hotel room on Mykonos on the morning of June 30, five days into her trip.

Her family, from West Ham, had to wait an “agonising” two weeks to bring Miss Aguda home while they raised the £4,000 needed to transport the body back to the UK.

Ms Igiehon said: “Anita was funny and clever and bright. She was devoted to her friends and family and we are all devastated. She dedicated her life to helping others. None of us can believe our beautiful girl has gone.”

Miss Aguda, who had a degree from the University of East London, had gone away with friends who called paramedics and police when they could not wake her. Preliminary tests were carried out in Greece and shared with Ms Igiehon and her two younger daughters, Desree, 19, and Aimua, 13, via the Foreign Office.

The family said the results suggested Miss Aguda died from an undiagnosed heart complication, but they want a second autopsy to be conducted in the UK while they plan the funeral.

Ms Igiehon said the group of friends had been out the night before, but Miss Aguda was not a big drinker and had shown no signs of feeling ill prior to her sudden death.

Her family insist she was a regular gym-goer who never showed any signs of illness before her holiday.

Plans were put in place to repatriate the body on Friday after her mother used savings and borrowed from friends and family to raise the money needed. She arrived back in the country this week.

Ms Igiehon said: “Anita was always healthy. She had just started a new job and was really looking forward to this holiday.

“I’m in total shock. No one expects to lose a child. I cannot accept that she had anything as serious as a heart condition. She was young and always in the gym after work. If she was ill she would’ve shown signs.” A crowdfunding page was set up to pay for the re-patriation of Miss Aguda, who did not have holiday insurance covering an unexpected death, as well as funeral costs. It has raised more than a third of its total £15,000 goal.

A spokesman for Mykonos police said: “We are awaiting the full coroner’s report.”