Mohammed Asghar
Mr Asghar sadly passed away today

Tributes have poured from friends, family, and colleagues after Mohammad Asghar sadly passed away at the age of 74 today.

Mr Asghar, who lived in Newport, was the first ethnic minority member of the Senedd and had represented the region since 2007.

The Welsh Conservative politician and Member of the Sennedd was reportedly rushed to hospital late this morning (16 June).

Emergency services confirmed they had attended an address in Newport earlier today.

A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We were called to reports of a medical emergency at an address in Newport on Tuesday, June 16, at approximately 11.19am.

“We sent two rapid response cars and two emergency ambulances to the scene where we were assisted by colleagues from Gwent Police.”

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“A devastating blow”

Mohammed Asghar MS
Mohammad Asghar was known to his friends and colleagues as Oscar

The leader of the Welsh Conservatives Paul Davies MS has called Mr Asghar’s death “a tragic time of loss”.

“This news is a devastating blow to the Conservative Group in the Welsh Parliament,” Mr Davies said.

“Our friend and colleague, Mohammad Asghar – known to many as ‘Oscar’ –  has served the people of South Wales East in the Senedd with distinction for more than 13 years.

“Proud to be British and Welsh and proud of his roots, Oscar had friends from across the political spectrum, and made his mark on Welsh history as the first-ever BAME Member of the Senedd.

“I am sure that everyone will join me in sending condolences to his family ,especially his wife Firdaus and his daughter Natasha, both of whom he loved dearly, at their tragic time of loss.”

“The man who taught me to achieve my goals”

Mohammad Asghar’s daughter Natasha said that she cannot imagine life without him.

“Today by far has been the worst day of my life,” she said.

“I lost the first man I ever loved forever. 

“The man who taught me to walk,crack terrible jokes,do whatever I had to to achieve my goals and do anything for one’s family.

“I cannot imagine life without you.”

“His presence will be missed”

Ceredigion’s Member of Sennedd Elin Jones said: “My deepest condolences to you all”.

And Wales’ First Minister Mark Drakeford has said that Mr Asghar will be missed in the Senedd.

“I am saddened to hear of Mohammad Asghar’s death,” he said.

“My thoughts are with his family and friends today. 

“His presence in the Senedd will be missed.”

The Welsh Government Chief Whip Jane Hutt called Mr Asghar “caring and committed”.

“Mohammad Asghar was a caring and committed person and a much respected colleague in our Senedd.

“My thoughts are with his dear family who were always at his side. He will be greatly missed.”

“A real shock”

Welsh Minister for Health and Social Services Vaughan Gething has said that his colleague was “polite and good natured”.

“A real shock,” Mr Gething said. “A man of historic achievement who was always polite and good natured when we spoke. 

“My thoughts are with Mohammad Asghar’s family and friends.”

And his fellow Minister of Senedd Lean Neagle said: “I am so very sorry to hear this news about Mohammad Asghar, known to all of us in the Senedd as Oscar. 

“His kindness, warmth and good humour will be very much missed. 

“My thoughts are with his family and friends at this awful time.”

 

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