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A fundraising campaign is under way to support two children who face being orphaned.
Paul Maley, 44, from Balsall Common, Solihull, died on 8 March after suffering a stroke brought on by an underlying condition.
His partner of 18 years, Emma, 40, was told in February that she had terminal cancer.
Relatives are now fundraising for their children Louis, 16, and Ella, 14, who has autism.
Ms Maley’s cousin, Kate Smith of Water Orton, Warwickshire, said Mr Maley, who ran his own home maintenance business, had been found to have an arteriovenous malformation, a tangle of blood vessels on his brain, after he collapsed about 18 months ago.
Family said doctors said he had likely had the condition since birth without being aware of it, and had been due to have an operation to treat his condition on 19 March.
Four years ago, Ms Maley was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy and hysterectomy.
In January 2017, she discovered it had returned, undergoing chemotherapy. But last month she was told she had just months to live.