- Jagan Babwah, 73, collapsed at his daughter’s wedding reception
- Family decided to carry on with festivities despite the tragedy
- Daughter Camela says ‘It’s what dad would have wanted’
- Coroner recorded the cause of death as inhalation of food
August 30, 2013
A father choked to death at his daughter’s wedding reception – but the party went on because it ‘would have been what he wanted’.
Jagan Babwah, 73, had taken his seat at the top table among 160 guests to toast his only daughter Camela’s marriage at a 14th century castle.
But minutes after the meal got under way, he began choking on a piece of lamb and was taken outside.
Guests tried to perform the Heimlich manoeuvre to clear the blockage but the father of four suffered a heart attack.
He was pronounced dead when paramedics arrived at the scene.
Camela Taylor, 35, decided to continue the celebration, as her father would have been angry if they had stopped because of his death.
She said her father had been thrilled as, wearing a three-piece suit for the first time, he had escorted her in a white Rolls-Royce to the ceremony and gave her away to new husband John Taylor, 26.
The mother-of-one, from Gillingham, Kent, said of the decison to continue the celebrations: ‘It would have been what Dad wanted.
‘We have been planning the wedding for two-and-a-half years and he was forever talking about it. ‘In the morning he was so happy. I was his baby daughter.