Taxi driver died of coronavirus after being spat at by fare dodger

A taxi driver died of coronavirus after being spat on by a dodger who claimed to have the disease, a family friend said.

Trevor Belle, 61, died at Royal London Hospital on April 18 after testing positive for Covid-19.

A few weeks earlier, the East Londoner had been spat at by a passenger who owed him £ 9, according to his friend Damian Briggs.

After the Stratford incident on March 22, Mr. Belle began to feel unwell with coronavirus symptoms, Mr. Briggs explained, “A few days later, he was rushed to hospital, spent three weeks fighting and came unfortunately not at the end. “

The new grandfather died three days after his 61st birthday, and his friend added, “It’s horrible to catch him at work.”

After his death, Mr. Belle’s blood was donated to research into the effects of Covid-19 on people from BAME communities, Briggs said, paying tribute to his die-hard Arsenal supporter friend.

He described them as “not blood brothers, but we are brothers”.

He told the PA news agency: “He loves the game, he loves Arsenal, he loves seeing children do really well in the game.

“He did a lot of volunteer work.”

Mr. Briggs added: “I would best describe Trev as an easy-going person who, no matter how serious life is, would always find a way to put a smile on your face so you can get distracted from it. problem.

“It was rare to see anything that bothered this man.

“As bad as it was, he always found a way to laugh and chuckle.”

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