A university student who was tipped to become future leader of Sri Lanka was found dead in his university halls shortly after going to bed complaining of a fever.
Adhil Bakeer Markar, a member of one of Sri Lanka’s most prominent political families, was found lying unconscious in his room by friends last Wednesday.
They had become worried after he failed to answer phone calls just before 1pm so they battered down the door at Sidney Webb Halls in Southwark.
Despite efforts to resuscitate him, he was pronounced dead at the scene from a suspected heart attack.
Police are treating the death as unexplained but not suspicious.
The 25-year-old was studying for a masters in politics after winning a prestigious Chevening scholarship, designed to give future leaders from the Commonwealth the chance to study in Britain.
He had texted relatives shortly before saying he had a slight fever but that he was going to be okay.
Dr Rayes Musthafa, a paediatrician and the family friend who he texted, said: ‘He had earlier complained of a slight fever and said he was going to take paracetamol.
‘It wasn’t a big thing, his death was so sudden. I broke the news to his family on speakerphone from his room, they are devastated.’
His parents are now trying to obtain emergency visas to reclaim his body and his eldest brother is due to fly in from Dubai to formally identify him.
The university has since set up a blog page where friends can pay tribute to the student.
A post-mortem examination is expected to take place in due course.