Dad-of-three, 50, survives coronavirus but dies of heart attack just days later – The Sun
A DAD who recovered from coronavirus has died of a suspected heart attack just days after being discharged from hospital.
Jawad Iqbal Dad, 50, was hospitalised alongside his wife after being bed-ridden with Covid-19 symptoms for the past two weeks.
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The dad-of-three was discharged from Birmingham's Heartlands Hospital last week having apparently made a full recovery from the virus.
But in the early hours of Tuesday morning, Mr Dad was discovered dead at his home in the Hodge Hill area of Birmingham.
Friends said the popular businessman, who ran a money exchange business, died suddenly from a suspected heart attack in a cruel twist of fate after beating coronavirus.
His death comes as the number killed in the UK with the disease topped 6,000 yesterday, with 786 more deaths recorded in 24 hours.
So far, more than 55,000 people in Britain have tested positive for the virus.
Tributes have been paid to entrepreneur and activist Mr Dad who was described as "the epitome of a pillar of the community" and one of the most "humble and sincere of individuals you could ever meet."
His friend Labour councillor Majid Mahmood said: "I was deeply shocked at the news and we're hoping to get some answers because he was only discharged last week.
"He fought off Covid-19 after being hospitalised and had just returned to his office at Overseas Express to get it disinfected.
"I spoke to him over the weekend and he told me he was feeling fine and fully recovered. He had been bed-ridden for a couple of weeks with his wife.
We only last met a few weeks back. It never crossed my mind that we would never speak or meet again
"We only last met a few weeks back. It never crossed my mind that we would never speak or meet again.
"I've spoken with his family and it was a suspected heart attack.
"They are devastated as it just seemed to come out of the blue."
Only be six people were able to attend his funeral as services during the UK's coronavirus lockdown.
Mr Iqbal was a Labour Party member of the Hodge Hill branch, a community activist, and a sponsor of the annual Mega Mela festival.
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Mr Mahmood, who represents the Bromford and Hodge Hill Ward of Birmingham, added: "He was a very charitable individual and an all round legend.
"He will be a great loss to his family, friends, neighbours and the community at large."
Mr Iqbal's company, Overseas Express, was one of the oldest money exchange businesses in Birmingham.
Tributes also flooded in on social media from other shocked members of the community.
Councillor Mohammed Idrees, who represents Alum Rock ward, wrote: "I am utterly devastated to learn about the sudden death of Brother Jawad Iqbal.
"I spoke to him yesterday at 4-30pm to check how he was feeling after being discharged from hospital and he said he was feeling fine.
"Jawad like his father was very generous and always supported charitable projects in a big way. We will always miss him."
Ch Kadeem said: "Very sad news. So shocked to hear our dear brother javed is not with us no more..My sincere condolences to all family and friends."
Shafayet Khan added "A true gentleman I had the pleasure of knowing as a friend" while Shehzad Akram put: "He was a nice person, a great loss for the community."
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