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DJ dies after gang robbery
Tushar Makwana
Tushar Makwana moved to Britain in the 1970s
A disc jockey who was badly injured in a confrontation with burglars at his home has died in hospital.

Heart FM presenter Tushar Makwana was discovered lying outside the property in Castle Bromwich, Birmingham, in the early hours of Monday.

Police believe he may have been run over as the group made their getaway.

In a statement on its website, Heart FM said Mr Makwana, 37, died on Thursday after his life-support machine was switched off.

The radio station's managing director Paul Fairburn said: "All of Tushar's friends and colleagues at Heart FM are very shocked at the news of his tragic death.

Talented broadcaster

"His family are in our thoughts constantly.

"Tushar was one of those great people - a genuinely nice person.

"He always worked doubly hard on all our charity fund-raisers and came forward with ideas of his own to do even more for charity, because he wanted to - that's the kind of person he was.

"In 2002, he won a Silver award at the Radio 'Oscars', the Sony Radio Academy Awards, for his short-form series about the 25th anniversary of UB40, proving that, as well as being a genuinely nice guy, he was a talented broadcaster."

Mr Makwana, a married father-of-three, was born in Uganda and moved to Britain in the 1970s.

Eight people arrested in connection with the incident have been released on bail pending further inquiries.

West Midlands Police said the disc jockey's death was being treated as murder and they are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

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