A man found dead in a Tube station underpass near the Houses of Parliament was a former model who had recently applied for a job as a waiter, a homeless charity has said.
The Connection at St Martin’s said the dead man, who it did not name, had stayed at its emergency night shelter.
He was discovered at Westminster Underground station shortly after 07:30 GMT on Wednesday.
The Met said it was treating his death as unexplained, but not suspicious.
Connection said the man, who was a Portuguese national, worked in the hospitality industry and had been applying for jobs as recently as last week.
They said he had “complex circumstances” but “enjoyed singing and regularly attended yoga classes”.
“He had strengths, talents and skills but he also had problems and things went very wrong for him,” the charity’s chief executive Pam Orchard said.
The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was among those who sent flowers to the underpass where he was found.
I’ve just been told about the death of a rough sleeper right by the entrance to Parliament. The powerful can’t carry on walking by on the other side while people don’t have a home to call their own. It’s time all MPs took up this moral challenge and properly housed everyone.
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) February 14, 2018
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He was among several MPs who took to Twitter to call on the government to do more for homeless people.
Heather Wheeler MP, the minister for housing homelessness, tweeted that “stories like this push me on to find solutions and work to eradicate rough sleeping for good”.
Dreadful news of a suspected rough sleeper dying in Westminster Tube. Stories like this push me on to find solutions and work to eradicate Rough Sleeping for good.
— Heather Wheeler MP (@HeatherWheeler) February 14, 2018
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