Dmitriy Stuzhuk Ukrainian Instagram Fitness influencer dies from COVID after denying it existed. Caught deadly coronavirus while traveling in Turkey.
Define tragic irony? A Ukrainian fitness influencer with 1.1 million followers on Instagram has died of the coronavirus – after previously stating he didn’t believe in the existence of the deadly virus, according to reports.
Dmitriy Stuzhuk, a 33-year-old fitness fanatic who promoted healthy living, notified his fans of his diagnosis from his hospital bed, saying he woke up with breathing difficulties during a trip to Turkey and developed a cough the following day, local media reports.
He was tested after returning to Ukraine and was diagnosed with the illness.
He added that his condition was ‘stable.’
‘The hospital is completely filled with people’
‘The hospital is completely filled with people, some of them being treated in corridors,’ wrote Stuzhuk, who was allowed to leave the hospital after eight days but was rushed back soon after.
His ex-wife Sofia Stuzhuk, 25, the mother of his three kids, later announced that he was in ‘grave condition’ and unconscious.
‘Dima (Dmitriy) had problems with his cardiovascular system… His heart is not coping,’ she posted on Instagram, where she has 5 million followers.
‘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,’ she added before announcing his death.
The couple — whose youngest child is just 9 months old — broke up six months ago amid ‘constant betrayal, cursing, showdown and stress’ but recently said they were back on good terms.
‘Only warm memories remain, three beautiful kids and valuable experience,’ Sofia wrote. ‘God, it is so terrible to realize that he is not with us anymore…’
Dmitriy Stuzhuk is one of more than 5,673 Ukrainians who have died from COVID-19 since the virus began spreading across the world less than a year ago. The pneumonia-like illness has also sickened more than 303,000 people in the country so far.