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Tributes paid to "quiet" pensioner as his family back Stay At Home pleas

Basharat Hussain died following a positive diagnosis of Coronavirus

The family of a "true gentleman" who died after spending around 10 days on a ventilator have urged people to respect Government advice to tackle coronavirus by staying at home.


Walsall pensioner Basharat Hussain, a father of seven, tested positive for Covid-19 before his death in hospital on Wednesday.


A long-time friend of Mr Hussain, Mohammed Arif, posted news of the 66-year-old's death on Facebook along with a message from his grieving family urging the public to take coronavirus seriously and abide by Government pleas on social distancing and self-isolation.


Mr Arif, a former Walsall councillor and current interim chairman of the town's Union of Muslim Organisations, described his friend as a "quiet and peaceful" gentleman.


Posting a picture of Mr Hussain and offering his condolences to the family, Mr Arif added: "Grateful to the family to allow me to share this with you.

"My condolences to the family. I don't normally share information on death but I am posting the sad news of passing away of my friend Basharat Hussain.

Published: by Radio NewsHub
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