A fitness coach and social media influencer “who thought Covid does not exist” has died after contracting coronavirus on a trip to Turkey.
Dmitriy Stuzhuk, aged just 33, had been discharged from hospital in his native Ukraine but was rushed back just hours later and his condition rapidly deteriorated.
After becoming ill, he wrote to 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.”
He told them: “COVID-19 IS NOT A SHORT-LIVED DISEASE! And it is heavy.”
To his one million followers on social media, he appeared to be in perfect health as he promoted sports and healthy living.
But his ex-wife and mother of his three children, Sofia Stuzhuk, 25, who announced his death, said Covid-19 had triggered heart complications.
Dmitriy had woken in Turkey with a swollen neck and breathing difficulties, he said in an earlier post to his fans.
Back in Ukraine, he was tested positive and hospitalised.
After eight days he was permitted to leave his ward rather than remain in an overcrowded Kyiv hospital.
But after a few hours he was rushed back to hospital where Sofia said he was soon in a “grave condition” and “unconscious” after which he later died.