A “selfless and caring” family man who died in hospital after being stabbed was one of three young men to lose their lives to London’s knife-crime epidemic.

Osman Shidane, 20, lost his fight for life on Friday afternoon, three days after being attacked near a cinema and shopping complex in Ruislip.

His heartbroken family told the Standard that Mr. Shidane, the eldest of seven children, would “do anything” for his family.

Nasteho Shidane, 17, one of his five sisters, said: “He wanted to support his family. He was a family man — he was caring and compassionate, he was selfless. He was very outgoing and naturally got along with everyone.”

Mr. Shidane, whose parents are Somali, was born in Denmark and had lived in London for 15 years.

An Arsenal fan, he worked in sales for a utility company and wanted to set up his own business, his sister said. A boy, aged 16, has been charged with his murder and a girl, aged 15, has been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

He was one of three people to die from knife wounds within 72 hours. Arunesh Thangarajah was stabbed in London Road, Mitcham, shortly before 3.30am yesterday and pronounced dead at the scene.

The 28-year-old was said to have moved to the capital from India two years ago to start a new life. A friend told the Standard: “He was a good friend, like a brother. I can’t believe it.”