Last words of woman who died months after jumping onto tracks to save stranger revealed

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The last words of a heroic woman who rescued a man who passed out on train tracks last April have been revealed after she died unexpectedly last month.

In April last year, Ashley Montabello jumped onto the railway at Redfern Station, near Sydney's CBD, to rescue a 57-year-old man who fainted and fell off the platform.

The fearless woman, who was not named in media reports at the time, was shown on camera trying her best to save the man as an oncoming train sped towards her - only stopping just inches from where she was on the tracks.

Thankfully, no one was injured during the incident and the man was immediately rushed to the hospital where he soon recovered.

Sadly, though, it has since been revealed that Montabello passed away suddenly in February - less than a year after her act of heroism.

On Sunday, her 60-year-old parner Tommy Cloos told Daily Mail Australia she was "a beautiful person who helped everyone in the community. She was too young to go."

The pair met a decade ago, not long after a 23-year-old Montabello moved from Cessnock, in NSW's Hunter Region, to Sydney.

They had been wanting to start a family together in the not-too-distant future.

Cloos said his longtime partner's last words to him before she died were: "I love you."

"She said she wanted to marry me," he said.

Cloos added that although he wasn't there to see Montabello save the stricken man's life at Redfern Station, he wasn't surprised to learn about heroic act.

"She was on the way to Wolli Creek with a friend when she saw him collapse," he said. That was her instinct - she loved helping people, and she didn't worry about anything. She would give you her left arm if she thought you needed it."

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The grieving man said she should have been awarded for the good deed.

"She had more balls than grace, and she had more balls than a lot of blokes," he said.

He had become more and more concerned about Montabello's reliance on drugs, which she had developed in response to her difficult childhood.

Her relationship with her parents eventually broke down and they became estranged before she made her way to Sydney.

Cloos said she would typically disappear whenever she relapsed, but he knew there was something not right when she went AWOL earlier this year.

"At that time she had wanted people to get her [drugs], and then I got worried when she went away for a few days," he said. "I made inquiries and then police found her in bed, dead."

Her official cause of death is yet to be determined by the coroner, but Cloos believes she passed following a "hotshot" overdose, which is a deadly mix of heroin and fentanyl.

Featured image credit: Jennika Argent / Alamy

Last words of woman who died months after jumping onto tracks to save stranger revealed

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By VT

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The last words of a heroic woman who rescued a man who passed out on train tracks last April have been revealed after she died unexpectedly last month.

In April last year, Ashley Montabello jumped onto the railway at Redfern Station, near Sydney's CBD, to rescue a 57-year-old man who fainted and fell off the platform.

The fearless woman, who was not named in media reports at the time, was shown on camera trying her best to save the man as an oncoming train sped towards her - only stopping just inches from where she was on the tracks.

Thankfully, no one was injured during the incident and the man was immediately rushed to the hospital where he soon recovered.

Sadly, though, it has since been revealed that Montabello passed away suddenly in February - less than a year after her act of heroism.

On Sunday, her 60-year-old parner Tommy Cloos told Daily Mail Australia she was "a beautiful person who helped everyone in the community. She was too young to go."

The pair met a decade ago, not long after a 23-year-old Montabello moved from Cessnock, in NSW's Hunter Region, to Sydney.

They had been wanting to start a family together in the not-too-distant future.

Cloos said his longtime partner's last words to him before she died were: "I love you."

"She said she wanted to marry me," he said.

Cloos added that although he wasn't there to see Montabello save the stricken man's life at Redfern Station, he wasn't surprised to learn about heroic act.

"She was on the way to Wolli Creek with a friend when she saw him collapse," he said. That was her instinct - she loved helping people, and she didn't worry about anything. She would give you her left arm if she thought you needed it."

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Credit: Wavebreakmedia Ltd UC20 / Alamy

The grieving man said she should have been awarded for the good deed.

"She had more balls than grace, and she had more balls than a lot of blokes," he said.

He had become more and more concerned about Montabello's reliance on drugs, which she had developed in response to her difficult childhood.

Her relationship with her parents eventually broke down and they became estranged before she made her way to Sydney.

Cloos said she would typically disappear whenever she relapsed, but he knew there was something not right when she went AWOL earlier this year.

"At that time she had wanted people to get her [drugs], and then I got worried when she went away for a few days," he said. "I made inquiries and then police found her in bed, dead."

Her official cause of death is yet to be determined by the coroner, but Cloos believes she passed following a "hotshot" overdose, which is a deadly mix of heroin and fentanyl.

Featured image credit: Jennika Argent / Alamy