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‘Inspirational’ British Tamil artist killed during charity bike ride

Photograph: @rxnin.szn (Instagram)

Tributes have been paid to a 20-year-old British Tamil artist who was killed whilst taking part in a charity cycle ride from London to Brighton, attempting to raise money for those affected by the conflict in Yemen.

Pathushan Sutharsan, from Morden in South London, was taking part in the 120km cycle when he was involved in a collision with a tipper lorry on July 22. Though paramedics and an air ambulance were deployed, he was pronounced dead on the scene.

Tributes and messages of support have flooded in for the artist, with friends describing him as an "inspirational young man with a good heart”.

Wallington County Grammar School, where Pathu was a former house captain, also paid tribute stating he was “a much loved alumnus (2018) and House Captain of Radcliffe”.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family,” the school added. “He is a credit to his school and its values."

As a verified artist on Spotify under the name of RXNIN, Pathu was a talented musician with more than 500 monthly listeners.

Photograph: Team A1 (Just Giving)

His Just Giving page, which initially set a target of £200 "to provide a lifeline for those suffering", has now raised over £14,845 with nearly 1,000 supporters.

See the page here.

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