The family of a 25-year-old man who died after being arrested are facing a second devastating tragedy after the sudden death of his mum aged 42.
Manuela Araujo – whose son Edir Frederico Da Costa died in June – collapsed while on her way to a health centre, as relatives said she had struggled to cope with his death.
She had given birth to Edir when she was 17. His death sparked violent protests near his home in East London.
While the cause of her death is not yet known, Edson’s dad Ginario Da Costa said she could “no longer cope with the death of her son”.
Edson’s cousin Jair Tavares, 32, wrote online:
“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.
“This has come as a shock to us all, especially considering the fact that it has only been six weeks since Edson has died.”
He also wrote that it was “an extremely difficult time for the family who are now in mourning”.
Dad-of-one Edson was stopped in a car by police in Beckton, East London, on June 15 and arrested.
Cops are accused of using force and spraying Costa with CS gas.
He fell ill shortly after and was rushed to hospital in a critical condition, dying six days later.
A postmortem concluded there is no evidence severe force was used on Costa and The Sun has been told that he died from a drugs overdose.
Scotland Yard believes Mr Da Costa swallowed a “large quantity” of drugs, which could have led to his death.
But campaigners claim his neck was broken and he suffered head and other injuries after he was stopped.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating the treatment of Mr Da Costa.
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