Gardai are investigating whether a Dublin grandmother died from injuries she received in a savage beating.
Carol McAuley (54), of Ballybough Road, who had spent almost a month in a coma in hospital with severe haemorrhaging on the brain, died yesterday.
The grandmother was taken to A&E on the morning of July 25 with "horrific and indescribable injuries", according to an informed source.
Gardai are treating her death as suspicious and a full-scale investigation is under way as they work on the theory that Ms Mc Auley was the "victim of a bad assault".
Five individuals, including a man and a woman known to Ms McAuley and who were in the Ballybough Road property on both July 24 and 25, were interviewed by gardai.
Ms McAuley was found in her bed in the early hours of July 25 with injuries to her face and head. She also had marks around her eyes and ears.
Gardai have been given an account that the day before she was taken to hospital she had been involved in an altercation.
When she woke up on July 25 complaining that she felt unwell, an ambulance was called.
"She had suspected severe haemorrhaging on the brain and when she arrived in hospital her condition was described as critical," said a senior source.
Gardai are awaiting the results of a post mortem to be carried out today before they can identify the exact cause of death.
Last night tributes poured in for the north inner city woman who had several grown-up children and a number of grandchildren.
She had worked as a cleaner in a local community centre for years and her family lived nearby.
Lord Mayor Christy Burke described her as a "decent woman".
"My thoughts are with the family and it is with deepest regret that I give my condolences," he said.
"She didn't deserve what happened to her - no human does.
"Carol was a grandmother and a decent, decent woman. Her daughter Lisa is absolutely devastated."
In another tribute, independent councillor Nial Ring said Ms McAuley was called "one of life's givers".