A MAN who was left in a coma after suffering severe head injuries in a car accident two years ago has died.

Amjid Malik, 24, of Nedley Road, Walthamstow, was a passenger in a car which crashed in June 2007.

Despite signs of improvement, which saw him starting to respond to his family and friends, he died on suddenly on Tuesday (December 22).

The former Kelmscott School students' friend, Farhan Malik, 24, of Queens Road, Walthamstow, said: “Everyone was hoping that he would get better - then he just suddenly died.

“He had started responding to people about a year ago, and had eye contact and was moving his arms, so everyone was excited and hopeful he would get better.

"But then he had an operation to relieve the pressure on his brain and he didn't move again after that.”

Mr Malik had been working for a catering company after studying at Sir George Monoux College in Walthamstow.

He was a passenger in a car which crashed in Argall Way, Leyton, and had been in hospital ever since.

A Facebook social networking site set up by his friends while he was in hospital called “4 Amjid Malik”, has gained 653 members who have been supporting him through his illness and have left tributes after news of his death.

Farhan said: “He was such a nice and funny guy, always up for a laugh. He was very popular.”

He said his family, including his parents, two sisters and one brother, are attending his funeral today (December 24).