Dmitriy Stuzhuk, a fitness influencer from Ukraine, died at age 33 due to complications from COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, his ex-wife, Sofia Stuzhuk confirmed in a post. She wrote in russian:
Only warm memories remain, three beautiful kids and valuable experience. God, it is so terrible to realise that he is not with us anymore…
According to Sky News, Dmitriy tested positive for COVID-19 following a recent trip to Turkey, and he was taken to the hospital upon returning to Ukraine.
The Ukrainian social-media star was discharged from the hospital after eight days but was rushed back to the facility, as he was suffering from heart complications caused by the disease. He wrote in Russian:
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.
Stuzhuk kept an Instagram log of the days following his COVID-19 diagnosis, in which he warned his followers on the platform of the disease. The influencer, who shared posts related to health, nutrition, and exercise, said that he previously thought that COVID-19 did not exist.
According to an April report from the Reuters Institute at Oxford University, politicians, celebrities, and influencers account for the majority of engagement with coronavirus falsehoods.
The novel coronavirus pandemic has led to 1,124,519 deaths worldwide, according to a report from Johns Hopkins University’s COVID-19 data.