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Retired Brighton newsagent dies suddenly from brain tumour
A retired newsagent died just two weeks after he was diagnosed with a brain tumour.
Gunvant Majevadia was shopping in Brighton on the morning of April 19.
He returned home at about 2pm and complained of feeling off balance.
By 3pm he had been referred to accident and emergency by his GP.
Just 15 days later, on May 3, he died.
Yesterday (May 11) his wife Kumud said her husband had suffered a “very aggressive” brain tumour which could not be treated.
But even in his final days Mr Majevadia - known as Maj - refused to take over-the-counter painkillers.
Mrs Majevadia said: “He never took a painkiller in his life and he wasn't going to change.
“At the end the nurse in Hurstwood Park (the neurosciences centre in Haywards Heath) gave him a painkiller and he took it.
“But I saw what actually happened. He slipped it in his hand.
“I said to my daughter, 'Did you see what daddy did?'
“He was a character and he wasn't going to change at the end.”
Mr Majevadia owned Easy News, the newsagents in Trafalgar Street, Brighton, for 25 years.
He had recently retired but he always used to go back into the shop and chat to customers.
He also visited HSBC in North Street, Brighton, where he would always get £100 out in £5 notes.
He would pop upstairs to the “Premier Banking” section for a free cup of coffee or two.
His wife said he told staff what he was up to and they loved it.
Mrs Majevadia, 62, added: “Everyone loved him.
“People who came in the shop used to say he should be on the stage making people laugh.
“He was a beautiful character with a pure soul.
“He was always telling people off but would not hold things against people.
“We live in Kensington Place and we would laugh that we were the 'Majs of Kensington Place' and Buckingham Palace was too big.
“He believed that if you were willing to work then you would be provided for.
“He was not interested in money. The most important thing for him was people would leave the shop smiling.”
Mr Majevadia, 67, was laid to rest yesterday (May 11) at Woodvale Crematorium.
He leaves his wife, a son Bhavesh, 35, daughters Meera, 30, and Anjli, 23, and a granddaughter Savannah, five months.