Good Morning Britain’s Susanna Reid broke down in tears on today’s episode as she spoke to the loved ones of the Thames River hero who died trying to save a woman from drowning.
Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole, known to most as Jimi, died on Saturday evening aged 20, after jumping into the river at London Bridge to try and save the stranger.
His body was found the next day by the coastguard after he was swept away.
In a heartbreaking interview with Jimi’s family, Susanna choked up and was comforted by Adil Ray as she championed the campaign to have his bravery recognised with a George cross.
Jimi’s parents Michael Adewola, 63 and Olasunkanmi Adewole, 54, both broke down in tears during the interview as they spoke from their home.
His friend Bernard Kosia, who was with him at the time of the incident, later appeared in the studio, and also started crying as he paid tribute to his amazing friend.
The heartbreaking interview left Susanna struggling to talk (Picture: Rex)
The Nigerian college graduate died trying to save a woman’s life (Picture: Malcolm World Foundation)
Susanna later needed to take a moment, before telling him: ‘It’s so difficult, it’s so difficult for Jimi’s mum and dad, So difficult for you, because you were there.’
On the George cross campaign, she added: ‘We can all say we’re fully behind it. Jimi was a hero. He should be honoured in that way.’
‘He is a hero,’ Bernard said. ‘Wherever he is, I want to thank him.’
Susanna then became emotional again as the team shared a TikTok video of Jimi dancing, simply saying: ‘He’s a young man enjoying his life.’
A GoFundMe page set up to help Jimi’s family has now topped more than £90,000 – rocketing past the £25,000 goal to help pay for funeral costs.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV.
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