Shock after sudden death of doting Leeds father

Manminder Singh Saundh with his son Harman
Manminder Singh Saundh with his son Harman
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A DOTING father with no known health problems died suddenly while caring for his four-year-old son at their home in Leeds.

Manminder Singh Saundh, 35, collapsed in his bedroom as his son Harman played outside on the landing at the family’s home in Moor Allerton on Saturday night.

Mr Singh Saundh’s father Amrik Singh Saundh, 68, said he tried to wake Manminder, who died in his arms, adding: “He had his last four breaths in front of me, which I will never forget.

“Harman was stood next to me and said ‘Is daddy dead?’ I said to him ‘no, I’m going to call the doctor.’”

Paramedics were unable to revive Mr Saundh. A post mortem was due to be held today.

Mr Singh Saundh was a popular member of the Sikh community in Leeds and was a master player of the Punjabi ‘dhol’ drum.

He worked for Capita at the Arlington Business Centre at Churwell and had spent four years as a volunteer DJ at Fever FM on Roundhay Road at Harehills

His brother Manjeet Singh Saundh, 42, of Morley, said: “He was a loving father, he loved his son so much. If somebody was arguing he would turn it around and make a joke out of a situation to make everyone laugh.”

Manminder wrote on his Facebook page the day before he died: “Regardless of what life throws at you, never forget to laugh. No-one will cry with you.”

His mother Ravinder Kaur Saundh said: “we loved him and all the support he gave us.” She added: “He never had any illness. He looked after his health. He used to go the gym, he was a fit man.” Manminder also leaves a sister, Jagdeep Kaur. Fever FM director Jabbar Karim, said: “He was a very popular presenter who has been with us for the last four years and has become part of the family. He would brighten up the room with his remarks and sense of humour.”