The intruder battered Joyce Burgess, 84, at her home in Woking, Surrey, at teatime on Saturday, before running off with her handbag.
Joyce Burgess fell victim to a violent burglary less than an hour after England's World Cup win over Sweden on Saturday afternoon.
The 84-year-old, described as a "lovely, sweet and kind lady", was rushed to hospital with severe injuries from her detached house in Working, Surrey.
A murder inquiry was launched after she lost her fight for life earlier today.
Neighbours were told by police the suspect may have asked Joyce for a glass of water during the heatwave so he could gain access to her home in Loop Road.
Laurelei Dudley, who lives just a few doors down, said Joyce was a "kind and sweet" woman, who "was no threat to anyone".
The 47-year-old said: "I can't imagine anyone hurting her, I can't process that.
"She was very frail and not very mobile so was no threat to anyone.
"She had recently got a mobility scooter.
"I'm just absolutely disgusted – there's a special place in hell for people like that.
"What really upsets me is that I was at home taking a bath at the time.
"I'd been out a family day and decided to come home to cool down.
"And to think she was just up the road being killed."
The mum-of-two said Joyce may have had problems with her heart.
She said: "I was in her house one day and she said look at all this heart medication I'm on.
"But she'd get out in the garden, she was just so sweet."
Although she won't be changing her lifestyle after the senseless killing, Laurelei said she was giving her sons talks about "stranger danger".
Sourabh Sachdeva, who lives across the road from Joyce's home, said the police told him the suspect asked for a glass of water.
The 34-year-old, who lives with his fiancée, said: "The police called over that day and asked if we had seen a white van or anyone in the area.
"The thing is we usually would have, but everyone was inside watching the football.
"I've lived here for two years and it's the first time I've heard about anything like this happening. And in broad daylight; you'd never expect that.
"The police told us the guy asked her for a glass of water so he could get in the house.
"This is such a safe area: we are really shocked. We have a Neighbourhood Watch.
"Going forward, it would be good if they could install some CCTV on the street."
Pensioner Christine Escritt said she has been "living on edge" ever since the attack.
The 67-year-old said: "I've been living on edge, it's so scary. I'm afraid to answer the door.
"I usually have all my windows open because of the heat but I've closed everything up.
"When I heard she had died today I told my son we need to move."
Neighbour Sandy Bridger said that Joyce was a 'kind woman' who she believed to have lived alone.
She added: "Joyce was incredibly frail. The man could have robbed her and she would not have moved.
"You rarely saw her, she was always at home – it is disgraceful, I just hope whoever did it gets caught."
The suspect, who made off in a white vehicle, has been described as a slim white man, 5ft 8in to 6ft tall, with light brown hair curtains-style hair.
He was clean shaven and spoke with an English accent.
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