Former Eastenders star Ashvin Luximon has died from an aneurysm at the age of 38, his family has confirmed.
He passed away on July 23 of this year, with the funeral taking place on August 11.
Luximon is best known for playing Asif Malik in the BBC drama, a role he portrayed from September 1999 to October 2003, appearing in 146 episodes.
Friends said his death was a ‘huge shock’, and his family has since set up a tribute page in which they are raising money for charity in his name.
They said in a statement: ‘This site is a tribute to Ash, who passed on the 23rd July 2022 due to a aneurysm.
‘Ash’s unexpected passing has hit us all hard, but we want to take the time to remember his larger than life spirit.
‘He loved and was loved by so many. He sang a mean karaoke tune and had a voice loud enough to hear from space! He brought laughter and the best cuddles.’
‘Please use this space to share thoughts, photos and memories. Please be respectful.
‘As a family we would like to ask anyone who would have made a floral tribute to instead donate to our chosen charities, the NSPCC (Ash was the ultimate Uncle) and Andy’s Man Club ( a charity aimed at helping men talk).
‘He loved you.’
Brother Alvin Luximon paid tribute on Ashvin’s birthday on August 13, writing on social media: ‘Happy Birthday brother, I am sure you having a lot of fun and making everyone laugh… have a great one, cheers. Miss you…’
At the star’s funeral, his family asked guests to wear bright colours, as it was an event to ‘celebrate Ash’s life.’