Influencer Who Admitted He Thought Covid-19 'Didn't Exist' Dies Of The Virus
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A previously Covid-denying influencer has died aged just 33 after contracting the deadly virus while taking a trip to Turkey.
Dmitriy Stuzhuk was discharged from hospital in Ukraine, but he was rushed back in and his condition quickly deteriorated.
The super-fit fitness coach promoted sports and healthy living to his one million followers, but his death was eventually caused by coronavirus-related heart complications.
His ex-wife and the mother of his three children Sofia Stuzhuk, 25, announced the news to his fans.
After he had caught the virus, which has now killed more than a million people worldwide, he shared a message with his fans to warn them.
Writing on social media, Stuzhuk wrote: "I want to share how I got sick and to strongly warn everyone.
"I was one who thought that Covid does not exist.
"Until I got sick."
He continued: "COVID-19 IS NOT A SHORT-LIVED DISEASE! And it is heavy."
Stuzhuk suspected he had coronavirus when he woke up with a swollen neck and breathing difficulties. He then took a test when he arrived back in Ukraine and tested positive, before being hospitalised.
He continued: "The hospital is completely filled with people, some of them being treated in corridors."
The trainer said he needed a ventilator to breath, but after eight days he could leave the ward he was on in the hospital in Kyiv.
He added: "At home, as they say, the walls heal - my condition is stable."
However, a few hours later he was rushed back to hospital, where Sofia said he fell unconscious.
Sofia - who has five million followers - posted as he struggled for life: "Dima (Dmitriy) had problems with his cardiovascular system.
"His heart is not coping."
Medics said he suffered clinical death but they restarted his heart.
She posted: "His state is extremely grave. No-one can do anything with this.
"I did everything I could so the father of my three children lives. But nothing depends on me now."
A 'heartbroken' Sofia announced his death.
The couple had three children David, Lola and Olivia. The youngest is just nine months old.
The pair split up six months ago but recently said they were back on good terms.
She posted: "Only warm memories remain, three beautiful kids and valuable experience.
"God, it is so terrible to realise that he is not with us anymore."
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