Moving tributes paid to ‘kind’ dad who collapsed and died on Croydon street – MyLondon

Posted: May 14, 2020 at 6:46 pm


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Tributes have been pouring in for a man who collapsed and died on a Croydon street at the weekend.

Morugan Swami collapsed on London Road, near the junction with Hathaway Road, at about 11.35am on Saturday (May 9).

The 54-year-old was declared dead at the scene, and the cause of death is being treated as unexplained.

Morugan was a father who sadly leaves behind a son and two daughters - Akira, Greta and Estella, who he "loved dearly" and "spoke of with great pride".

A close friend said: "For those who know him, Morugan was a unique man with a strong, formidable character but he was also unsparingly kind and generous, to not only those who he knew but also to complete strangers.

"As an eminent karate instructor and martial artist, Morugan touched many lives in our community.

"For 30 years, he has been the instructor, or 'sensei' as his students know him, at the Mushidokai Karate School on London Road, Croydon.

"Before moving to the UK in the late 1980s, he also ran the karate school at the YMCA in New Delhi, India. For several decades he has been sharing his knowledge and helping others in their own personal development.

"He will be remembered fondly by his family, friends and students."

A JustGiving page has been set up to help support the family and has currently raised 1,840, with notes left alongside donations showing just how beloved he was in the community.

Ashok and Ruby donated a huge 200, commenting: "My friend and a teacher, one of a kind. Thank you for everything, you will always be in my heart and never forgotten.

"I can't begin to tell you how much you have done for me. RIP dear friend."

Another family wrote: "You were a kind, simple and highly principled man. You set high standards for yourself in everything you did and it showed.

"Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to get to know and learn from you."

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One theme that hugely stands out in the condolence messages is that he was a good teacher and friend, contributing towards many people's lives in a very significant way.

His smile is also mentioned a number of times, with one simple message reading "even Mum remembers your smile".

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May 14th, 2020 at 6:46 pm