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Tributes to ‘fun-loving family man’ who sadly died at the wheel of his taxi in Hornchurch

PUBLISHED: 15:13 29 July 2016 | UPDATED: 15:23 29 July 2016

Luke Hudson (centre) with his mum and dad on his 21st birthday.

Luke Hudson (centre) with his mum and dad on his 21st birthday.

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The son of a taxi driver who tragically died at the wheel of his cab has paid tribute to the “best dad anyone could have asked for”.

Black cab driver Mark Hudson who sadly died on Sunday morning.Black cab driver Mark Hudson who sadly died on Sunday morning.

Mark Hudson, 51, died in the early hours of Sunday morning after suffering a suspected heart attack while driving his taxi.

Police and paramedics attended Station Lane in Hornchurch after the vehicle crashed into a bus stop outside the tube station.

His son, Luke, 21, of Essex Road, Collier Row, says he is focusing on the happy memories of his dad at this tough time.

He said: “My dad would make you laugh every day, every moment with him was the best.

“He was the other half of me and I was the other half of him.

“He was constantly giving me tests through life and this might be the hardest test of them all but if I can get through this then I can get through anything.”

The 21-year-old is now planning on following in his dad’s footsteps and taking his exams to become a taxi driver.

Luke said: “The last six months are the happiest I’ve ever seen him since he starting cabbing again.

“So I’ve got to do my green badge now, not just for me, but in honour of my dad.”

Ellen George, Luke’s mum and Mark’s former partner says she is still in shock and paid tribute to the “fun-loving family man”.

The dad-of-two also had five grandchildren who he would see on a regular basis.

She had spoke to Mark just hours before he died about planning a trip to Southend with the grandchildren.

Ellen said: “He is the best dad I could have chosen for Luke, everything he has ever done has been for him.

“He was a big family man but he was a joker too, he would still laugh at the same jokes he told 23 years ago.

“It’s left such a massive hole and a loss I’ve never felt before and something I certainly won’t feel ever again.”

His sister Alayna remembers a “protective brother” growing up who had a wicked sense of humour.

She last spoke to Mark in early hours of Saturday morning with the pair singing songs to each other on the phone.

Alayna added: “I’m not sure what I’m going to do without my big brother, he was a one off.

“He was a real people person, he loved having a chat with anyone and everyone that got in his cab, it’s one of the reasons why he is so well known.”

The family have recalled the “horrific” few hours after the accident and thanked London Ambulance Service crews for fighting to resuscitate Mark for the best part of an hour.

Alayna said: “We would like to thank all the ambulance crews and the hospital staff.

“They really fought for his life, it was horrific to witness but they didn’t give up on his life for one minute.”

Luke is also keen for the two passengers injured in the taxi to get in contact with the Recorder so he could find out about his dad’s last moments.


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