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Father of flood death victim Zane Gbangbola is chair of Harlesden charity

PUBLISHED: 12:23 10 February 2014 | UPDATED: 12:23 10 February 2014

Zane Gbangbola died on Saturday (pic credit: www.totalecomanagement.co.uk)

Zane Gbangbola died on Saturday (pic credit: www.totalecomanagement.co.uk)

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The chair of a charity in Harlesden is the father of a seven-year-old boy who died after falling ill in a flood-hit town on Saturday.

Kye Gbangbola clearing  flood waters from outside his home near Chertsey Bridge in Chertsey, Surrey (Pic credit: PA/Gareth Fuller)Kye Gbangbola clearing flood waters from outside his home near Chertsey Bridge in Chertsey, Surrey (Pic credit: PA/Gareth Fuller)

Kye Gbangbola, an active member of the Sickle Cell Society in Station Road, is in a serious condition in hospital following the tragedy which claimed the life of his son Zane.

Nicole Lawler, Mr Gbangola’s partner and Zane’s mother, is also in hospital after the family fell ill at their home in Thameside in Chertsey, Surrey.

The cause of Zane’s death is unknown.

Officers have refused to be drawn on whether carbon monoxide poisoning from a generator pumping out flood water from their home may have been to blame.

Kye Gbangbola is the chair of the Sickle Cell Society in Harlesden (Pic credit: google streetview)Kye Gbangbola is the chair of the Sickle Cell Society in Harlesden (Pic credit: google streetview)

The charity has released a statement paying tribute to Zane, saying: “The Sickle Cell Society is deeply saddened to hear of the death of seven- year-old Zane Gbangbola, son of the Society’s Chairman, Kye Gbangbola.

“Our thoughts are with Kye and his family during this difficult time. We extend our deepest condolences to Kye’s family and wish him and his wife a quick recovery.”

In addition to his work with the charity Mr Gbangola also runs sustainability consultancy Total Eco Management.

Chief Superintendent Dave Miller, of Surrey Police, said it may take several days to ascertain the cause of Zane’s death.

He added: “Our thoughts continue to be very much with the boy’s parents, who still remain in hospital, and we are continuing to support them during what is understandably a very difficult time.”


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