A city businessman, activist and father of three has died suddenly, after appearing to recover from coronavirus.
Jawad Iqbal Dad, 50, from Colesill Road, Hodge Hill, was described as “one of the most humble and sincere of individuals”.
He died suddenly after suffering a suspected heart attack.
He had been in hospital last week with Covid-19 and discharged, apparently recovered.
Cllr Majid Mahmood said he was really shocked to learn of his friend’s sudden death.
“He fought off Covid-19 after being hospitalised and was discharged last week. He died of a suspected heart attack, and had just returned to his office at Overseas Express on Alum Rock Road to get it disinfected.
“I spoke to him over the weekend and we last met a few weeks back. It never crossed my mind that we would never speak or meet again.”
Mr Mahmood said he had been in contact with the distraught family, who were mourning their loss.
Mr Iqbal was a Labour Party member of the Hodge Hill branch, a community activist, and a sponsor of the annual Mega Mela festival.
“He was a very charitable individual and an all round legend, following the legacy that his late great father Haji Hukum Dad left,” said the councillor.
He added: “He will be a great loss to his family, friends, neighbours and the community at large.”
Tribute was also paid by members of Alum Rock Community Forum, who said he had ‘fought bravely’ to overcome coronavirus.
Fellow councillor Mohammed Idrees, who represents Alum Rock ward, said he was “utterly devastated” to learn about his friend’s sudden death.
In a tribute message he said: “I spoke to him yesterday 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.
“May Allah grant Brother Jawad Iqbal the highest rank in Jannat Ul Fardous and give his wife, children, brothers and extended family Savrs.”