The family of a 20-year-old who died suddenly and unexpectedly have paid tribute to the ‘humble’ young man with his whole life ahead of him. Abraham Bamgbose’s family said they’re in a state of shock and disbelief as he did not have any pre-existing conditions or health complaints before he died around three weeks ago.
Abraham was a happy, popular young man from East London who was undertaking a prestigious internship in lighting and production through his local church, Christ Church Spitalfields. A huge music fan, Abraham was someone who loved giving back to his local community.
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He was sponsored through Tower Hamlets Tennis to coach at their club and was involved with the Praise and Worship team at his local church. His sister Lisa told MyLondon: “What people say about him is that he was very kind, very humble, very intelligent.
“He loved music and did drumming and piano. He was just an all-rounder. His brain was ahead of his time. Always just on the go. Yeah, we’re going through a lot right now.”
On January 28, 2022, Abraham’s colleagues alerted the police after no one had heard from him for seven days, which was out of character. “The police got in contact with us and asked whether we’d heard from him,” sister Lisa explained.
“We tried to call him and his phone went to voicemail. The police went to his flat and they had to break in, because there was no answer at the door. That’s when they found him on the sofa. He looked like he was sleeping, but he was actually deceased.”
Lisa explained that it is not yet clear why or when Abraham died – he lived alone so there was no one to witness what happened. Lisa said: “In regards to the post-mortem, there’s been no obvious reasons for his death. So now there’s just a pending toxicology, and that could take up to 20 weeks to get the results.”
She added: “I have no idea how he died – if I would take a guess I’d say maybe just natural causes, because there was nothing to suggest that something could be wrong with him.”
Lisa also described how shocking and surreal the past few weeks have been, and explained that Abraham’s parents and his other siblings are absolutely devastated. “You feel like you’re going to crumble,” she said.
“If he’s gone, how do we carry on living? How do you carry on living when your little brother’s gone? You can’t blame anyone either, because no one took his life. There are so many questions that go through your head.”
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Lisa has set up a fundraiser in Abraham’s honour to provide a positive space where friends and family can celebrate his life. Any funds raised will go towards Abraham’s funeral to give him the best send off possible.
Dozens of tributes to him have flooded into his fundraiser – those close to him have referenced his talent for sport and positive outlook on life: “Abraham was a fantastic guy. I met him at tennis and often thought what a great addition to the coaches team he was. My heart goes out to his family.”
One said: “I see he had a lot of talents. A sweet well-grounded boy with a beautiful service action. What a cruel world.” “Abe was an intelligent young man with an incredibly bright future, this is a loss to all of us,” another added.
Lisa said her family is working to rebuild their lives after this colossal loss: “He was only 20 and he was looking forward to life – he had overcome his past to get where he’s at, doing well for himself. So how is that fair? It’s just disbelief, like it’s not really happening.”
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