Father's death leaves family in shock
MUM Michelle Jacobs had to call off wedding anniversary plans and sort out a funeral instead, when her husband died suddenly.David Jacobs shocking death from a heart attack has devastated his family and left Michelle, 33, facing the prospect of bringing up their five-year-old son alone.
MUM Michelle Jacobs had to call off wedding anniversary plans and sort out a funeral instead, when her husband died suddenly.
David Jacobs shocking death from a heart attack has devastated his family and left Michelle, 33, facing the prospect of bringing up their five-year-old son alone.
David, 42, appeared fit and healthy to his family and had recently spent a four-day stint working in Africa testing fire equipment.
However, within a matter of hours on February 6, the family's lives had been turned upside down as David suffered a fatal heart attack and was found dead at his Bradwell home by his wife.
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Michelle recalled the day David died, and explained how she had left the couple's Kingfisher Close home in the morning to go to work.
“He seemed fine and he didn't call me during the day so I thought he was at work.”
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Michelle finished work at Eriks Industrial UK on the Harfrey's industrial estate early in the afternoon and went shopping with her stepdaughter and the couple's son Brandon.
She said: “When we got home I could see David's van on the driveway and wondered why he was home so early.”
Michelle's suspicions were raised when she realised the house was in silence and the lights were off: “I went upstairs and found David lying on the bed, he looked like he was sleeping.”
After attempts to wake David failed, she knew something was wrong and dialled 999, and continued trying to resuscitate him until they arrived.
However, Brandon went into the bedroom and, said his mum: “He started shaking David saying 'Stop messing around Daddy'.”
The youngster was gently taken away and the paramedics worked hard to resuscitate, but it was too late.
A post mortem revealed David had suffered a fatal heart attack, brought on by a blood clot.
He leaves behind the couple's son Brandon, and two daughters, aged 14 and 20, from a previous marriage.
Michelle said later that unbeknown to herself, David had visited the James Paget University Hospital twice that day, complaining of chest pains and a severe headache but was released after tests showed no abnormalities.
Paying tribute to her husband, Michelle said: “He was very much a comedian and would make a joke about anything.”
David, who enjoyed playing snooker and fishing, was also into DIY.
A former pupil of Claydon High School, he worked at a cardboard box factory where the couple met in 1998. They married in March 2002 and would have celebrated their seventh wedding anniversary next month.
At the time of his death, he worked for Yarmouth-based Flameskill, inspecting fire extinguisher and sprinkling systems.
His funeral was at Gorleston Crematorium on Tuesday and heartbroken Michelle is still struggling to come to terms with the tragedy. She told the Mercury: “Even though I could see his coffin, it just didn't seem real he was inside. Part of me still thinks he's going to walk through the door.”
Faced with the difficult and painful task of telling their son Brandon, Michelle said it was one of the worst things she's ever had to do, and revealed: “I told him Daddy wouldn't be coming home any more and that he is now living on a star.”