Family share emotional tribute to comedy legend Tommy Cooper's niece Sabrina – as man, 59, is held for her 'murder' | The Sun

THE family of Tommy Cooper's niece have paid tribute after she was found dead at her home.

Sabrina Cooper, 68, was allegedly discovered "covered in blood" in the hallway of her Eastbourne flat on Sunday.

Tony King, 59, who was known to her, has been charged with murder and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place.

Sabrina's "devastated" family have now paid tribute to the "beloved" gran, who was the niece of comic Tommy Cooper.

They said: "For the past two years, Sabrina has not enjoyed good health but in true Sabrina style she bravely faced up to her illness.

“Recovering from a recent operation and in full recovery, Sabrina was looking forward to a new and exciting fresh start in a new home she was planning to occupy early next year.

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“Sabrina was not a complicated person, in fact it was the simple things in life that she loved the most, her family, friends and of course her dogs.

“Christmas was Sabrina’s favourite time of the year. She always prepared early, wrapping gifts, making plans and decorating her house. For her, it was a time of joy and a time to celebrate with her family and friends."

The devastated family said "loving and dedicated" mum Sabrina was popular in Eastbourne and enjoyed walking her dogs.

They added: "She was loved by so many, and the tributes paid to her over the past few days are a testament to this.

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"Like us, her dogs Abra and Tricks cannot understand what has happened as they pine, staring at the door, expecting Sabrina to return.

"We know this will never happen, never again will we share jokes, silly stories or any reason to simply have a good laugh."

Police were scrambled to Sabrina's home following concerns for the welfare of a woman.

Tragically she couldn't be saved and was declared dead at the scene.

Sabrina was related to comic and magician Tommy – who died on stage from a heart attack in 1984 – through her dad David, who was Tommy's brother.

She ran Cooper's Magic Shops in Eastbourne until it closed down in 2017.

King was remanded in custody when he appeared at Lewes Crown Court on Thursday.

No pleas were entered with a provisional trial date set for June 19.

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