Bride drops dead of a heart attack at her wedding in India – so her SISTER marries the groom instead after families made ‘tough call’ to carry on with the festivities
- Bride Surabhi, suffered a fatal heart attack during the ceremony in Uttar Pradesh
- A doctor was called to the scene but was unable to save the woman
- The families agreed to continue the ceremony by replacing bride with her sister
A bride has collapsed and died at her own wedding in India, leading to her sister marrying the groom instead.
It is understood that the bride, Surabhi, suffered a heart attack during the ceremony in Uttar Pradesh.
After exchanging garlands with husband-to-be Manoj Kumar as part of Hindu wedding tradition, Surabhi collapsed in front of her wedding guests.
Manoj Kumar filmed with what is believed to be his new bride, Nisha, after her sister died at the wedding
The sisters are pictured together on the day before the sudden death of Surabhi, with Nisha circled
The unimaginable incident happened in Etawah city in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
Eyewitnesses say that the Hindu wedding rituals were underway when the bride suffered a heart attack.
A doctor from the local village was called to the scene but was unable to save the woman and pronounced her dead.
The families of both parties agreed to continue the wedding ceremony by replacing the bride with her sister.
Surabhi’s body was held in a separate room while the wedding took place between Kumar and sister Nisha. ‘It’s hard to believe a dead body was in the other room — and a bride was being prepared in next one,’ Surabhi’s brother Saurabh told MailOnline.
Speaking to news agency IANS, Surabhi’s brother Saurabh said: ‘We did not know what to do in the situation.
‘Both the families sat together and someone suggested that my younger sister Nisha should be married to the groom.
‘The families discussed the matter and both agreed.’
Heartbroken mother of the late bride Guddi Devi is being taken care of by her son Gaurav following the incident.
‘Mummy is in a lot of pain. She calls for her day in and day out as she was the eldest daughter. She had dreamed of doing wonders in her life. May she rest in peace,’ Gaurav told MailOnline.
Surbhi’s family are pictured in mourning above. Speaking to news agency IANS, Surabhi’s brother Saurabh said: ‘We did not know what to do in the situation’
One of Surabhi’s uncles, Ajab Singh, said: ‘It was a tough call for our family.
‘One daughter lay dead in one room and the wedding of another daughter was being solemnized in the other room.
‘We have never witnessed such mixed emotions. The grief over her death and the happiness of the wedding has yet to sink in,’