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A healthcare worker who endured the worst of the pandemic on the frontline is one of two people who were found dead within the space of two hours in Dagenham over the weekend.

Mum-of-four Esther Egbon was found dead after suffering throat wounds in east London on Saturday – while the body of 36-year-old man Igie Erabor was found two hours later with wounds to his throat.

Esther's sister has praised her for her kindness and dedication as she and her family come to terms with the tragic loss.

Pat Egbon applauded her sister for her work at King George Hospital in Goodmayes where she worked night shifts and fearlessly continued work as health services were strained by the coronavirus pandemic.

She described Esther to The Mirror as "a real go-getter who enjoyed helping people in any way she could.

"Esther was bold and beautiful and refused to be scared of coronavirus when her gastro ward was converted to a Covid-19 ward at King George hospital in London from March to July.

"I asked her to take a break from her job for a while but she simply laughed it off and told me not to be worried, that she was stronger than Covid-19."

She added: "Esther was so passionate and very much loved by people wherever she went."

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Esther leaves behind four children who are aged 10, eight, six and three-years-old.

Barking and Dagenham Police broke the news of the double deaths at the weekend.

In a statement issued on Saturday afternoon, the police wrote: "Police were called at approximately 12:50hrs on Saturday, 8 August to Whalebone Lane South, Dagenham to reports of a person found unresponsive.

"Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended and a female – aged in her 30s – was pronounced dead at the scene.

"The death is being treated as suspicious at this stage.

"We are in the process of tracing and informing next of kin."

The statement continued: "At around 14:50hrs police were called to Gosfield Road, Dagenham to reports of a man found unresponsive at the location.

"Officers and LAS attended and a man – aged in his 30s – was pronounced dead at the scene.

"The death is not being treated as suspicious at this stage. The two deaths are believed to be linked and we are currently not looking for anyone else in connection with our enquiries."

Police say the investigation is ongoing.

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