Angela Grogan, 60, took ill while running on a treadmill at The Gym in Carndonagh, at about 9.30am yesterday.
Her daughter Michelle Grogan, 30, was using a treadmill alongside her when her mother suffered a massive heart attack and died in front of her.
The gym, at Mart Road, Carndonagh, is just yards from the local Garda station and officers were on the scene quickly.
However Mrs Grogan could not be revived.
One local woman who knew Mrs Grogan well told donegaldaily.com: “The whole of Carn is in complete shock.
“Angela was a lovely woman, well liked and respected in the community.
“Like a lot of people she was starting off the New Year and aiming to get fit. It is such a tragedy for the Grogan family. Everybody is in bits; just devastated.
The Gym has closed as a mark of respect to the popular local woman.
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