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Man killed in elevator accident ID'd as Aasim Ghazi, father of twin girls

Family and friends gathered on Friday to bid farewell to Aasim Ghazi, a father of two twin girls who was killed in an elevator accident at a downtown Toronto hotel this week.

'It was immediate love,' says Ghazi's wife who reunited with him after 17 years apart

Aasim Ghazi's wife, Sadaf, told CBC Toronto they first met in Botswana when the two were in kindergarten. Years later, the two reconnected, got married and started a family in Canada. (Sadaf Ghazi/Facebook)

Family and friends gathered on Friday to bid farewell to Aasim Ghazi, a father of twin girls who was killed in an elevator accident at a downtown Toronto hotel this week.

Ghazi's wife, Sadaf, told CBC Toronto she first met the 35-year-old in the southern African country of Botswana, when the two were in kindergarten. Their lives would take separate paths, but the two reunited years later, got married and started a family in Canada.  

"We reconnected 17 years down the line," Sadaf Ghazi said. "He travelled all over the world, I travelled, but we reconnected ...  And it was immediate love."

Ghazi moved to Canada in 2002 and the two lived in Montreal for 10 years after getting married in 2005, his wife said.

The couple moved to Toronto only a year and half ago.

Toronto police were called to One King West Hotel and Residence on Wednesday morning, following the death of a worker involved in an elevator accident on Tuesday evening. (Trevor Dunn/CBC)

According to his LinkedIn page, Ghazi worked as the director of food and beverages at the One King West Hotel and Residence at Yonge Street and King Street West.

On Tuesday evening, police, firefighters and paramedics were called to the luxury condominium and hotel complex for an elevator accident. Ghazi suffered what police described as serious head injuries.

Despite his coworkers' attempts to revive him with a defibrillator and CPR administered by firefighters, Ghazi was pronounced dead at the scene.

Tributes poured in on social media for Aasim Ghazi as he was laid to rest Friday. (Martin Trainor/CBC)

The Ministry of Labour is still investigating the incident.

As friends and family learned of Ghazi's death, tributes poured in for him on social media.

"As we suffer the extremely unexpected and shocking loss of my beloved brother Aasim Ghazi," his sister Mehreen Ghazi wrote in a Facebook post, "please keep him, his lovely wife, his beautiful girls and his parents in your prayers today."