Scissor Sister grieves in prison after lover found dead at home
Scissor Sister Charlotte Mulhall is said to be deeply upset at the death of her girlfriend.
Karen Kelly (25) was found unresponsive in her home in Farren Park in Waterford by her father last Friday morning.
A post mortem was due to be carried out at Waterford Regional Hospital on Saturday, and toxicology tests were carried out to establish if drugs were a factor in her tragic death.
Kelly met Mulhall behind bars and the pair developed a deep friendship before Kelly was released in 2012.
Charlotte is serving life for murder and dismembering her mother's lover, Fareh Swaleh Noor, in a house in Ballybough in 2005.
Her sister Linda was given a 15 year sentence for manslaughter arising from the killing.
Kelly met Charlotte Mulhall in the Dochas Centre in 2009 while serving a three-year sentence for assault.
After her release she said in an interview that she loved Charlotte and showed tattoos declaring her love for her.
"It's destroying me from the inside out not being able to see her," Kelly said at the time.
She also told how she sent Charlotte a wedding ring as a symbol of her love because she was not allowed to visit her in jail.
"The ring is a symbol of our love, that we will be together forever," she said.
"To me it is the exact same as any other wedding ring. It's just a shame that we can't have the official ceremony," she added.
On her Facebook page Kelly had her relationship status marked as 'engaged'.
Kelly is known to have battled drug addiction in the past. Last May she had been spotted outside the Central Criminal Court in Dublin after she fell asleep with a syringe in her hand.
Her funeral notice says she will be reposed at her home today from 2pm to 5pm.
Her remains will be removed tomorrow at 10.30am to The Sacred Heart Church, The Folly, for Requiem Mass at 11am.
Burial will take place afterwards locally in St. Mary's Cemetery, Ballygunner.
It is understood that Charlotte and Karen kept in phone contact since Karen's release.
But sources said it was unlikely that Charlotte would be given temporary release from prison to attend the funeral in Co Waterford.
But prison bosses could consider bringing her on a quick trip to Waterford to see her privately in a low-key operation before the funeral.
This would also require the consent of the Kelly family as Mulhall would not be brought to a funeral home to see her friend's body if it went against their wishes.