Influencer, 33, who thought pandemic was hoax dies after catching coronavirus

A fitness influencer who thought the coronavirus pandemic was a hoax has died with Covid-19 at age 33. Dmitriy Stuzhuk urged his one million Instagram followers to take the crisis seriously before he passed away this week. The dad-of-three told his fans: ‘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. ‘COVID-19 IS NOT A SHORT-LIVED DISEASE! And it is heavy.’

The former coronavirus denier caught the virus during a trip to Turkey and tested positive in hospital when he returned to his native Ukraine. He was discharged after eight days but was rushed back into hospital hours later when his condition rapidly deteriorated. Ex-wife Sofia, 25, said he was unconscious and his condition was ‘extremely grave’ after the virus triggered heart complications. Coronavirus triggered heart problems for the fitness influencer

She wrote: ‘Dima (Dmitriy) had problems with his cardiovascular system. His heart is not coping. He suffered clinical death but medics restarted his heart… ‘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 later announced his death, saying: ‘Only warm memories remain, three beautiful kids and valuable experience.’ Dmitriy shared three young children with his ex, who he separated from six months ago. After his death, Sofia said: ‘Only warm memories remain, three beautiful kids and valuable experience. ‘God, it is so terrible to realise that he is not with us anymore…’