'Much-loved' Grandfather dies after contracting coronavirus

A 'much-loved' grandfather has died after contracting coronavirus - his daughter has revealed.

Birnham Roberts, 82, passed away at Birmingham's City Hospital on March 18.

The former National Express bus driver, from Smethwick, had diabetes and had felt unwell since the start of the month.

He had been taken to hospital on on March 9 after being unable to shake his illness.

The 82-year-old's daughter Cherelle, 32, said his health deteriorated and passed away after testing positive for coronavirus.

She said her father was a 'beautiful soul' and would be 'greatly' missed by all who knew him.

He was always there for everyone – he was very strong in the church and was always attentive to anyone he met.

Cherelle:

The 32-year-old said her father's death came as a 'complete shock' to his relatives and he was an avid gym-goer during his retirement.

He also used to take part in weekly Tai Chi and swimming lessons

It is the second death linked to coronavirus in the West Midlands where the patient's identity has been made public.

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