Shock at father’s sudden death after collapse as he cared for son

Manminder Singh Saundh with his son Harman.
Manminder Singh Saundh with his son Harman.

A doting father with no known health problems died suddenly while caring for his four-year-old son at their home.

Manminder Singh Saundh, 35, collapsed in his bedroom as his son Harman played outside on the landing ahead of his bedtime at the family’s home 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 spent around 50 minutes attempting to revive Mr Saundh. Amrik Singh Saundh said: “I was just speechless. I was shaking.” A post-mortem examination was due to be held today.

Mr Singh Saundh, who lived in Moor Allerton 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, Leeds, and had spent four years as a volunteer DJ at Fever FM in 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 was bubbly and always had an opinion.

“He was always laughing and joking. He would brighten up the room with his remarks and sense of humour. Everyone just enjoyed him being there. He was very talented. He interviewed many artists as well as hosting discussion shows.”

Mr Saundh’s lifelong friend Jasvant Sohanpaul, 36, of Alwoodley, Leeds, said: “He was a top bloke. He always went out of his way to help everyone. He was a jolly fellow who never had a sad moment on his face.”

tragic collapse: Manminder Singh Saundh, who died aged 35, with his son Harman.