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Edson Da Costa’s mother dies after ‘she could no longer cope with the death of her son’

PUBLISHED: 13:27 05 August 2017 | UPDATED: 13:46 05 August 2017

Ginario Da Costa, Edson Da Costa as a baby and Manuela Araujo. Picture supplied by the Da Costa family

Ginario Da Costa, Edson Da Costa as a baby and Manuela Araujo. Picture supplied by the Da Costa family

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The heartbroken mother of an East Ham man who died after being detained by police has died suddenly, her family has confirmed.

Manuela Araujo, 42, whose son Edson died on June 21, collapsed in the street on Thursday, August 3 while on her way to a health centre and later passed away.

Although no official cause of death has been determined as of yet, Manuela’s family believe she had been left bereft by her son’s passing which “weighed down on her heart”.

In an online blog written by Jair Tavares, Edson’s cousin, his father Ginario Da Costa said of Manuela: “She could no longer cope with the death of her son.”

Jair, 32, wrote: “Manuela learnt of Edson’s death while she was in Portugal and the circumstances surrounding her son’s death and the involvement of the police came as a terrible shock. This weighed down on her heart.”

He also wrote that it was “an extremely difficult time for the family who are now in mourning”.

Edson, 25, died in hospital six days after a police stop in Tollgate Road, Beckton, after officers used force and CS gas on him.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating the cause of his death after the family questioned the father-of-one’s injuries and the police’s use of force.

His death has caused great upset in the Newham community and beyond in recent weeks.

Speaking to the Recorder about Manuela’s death, Jair said: “This has come as a shock to us all, especially considering the fact that it has only been six weeks since Edson has died.

“This is now a greater and growing concern because this is the impact that the death of a young black man, following his detention in police custody, has on a mother and family.”

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