Shookt! A fitness influencer died after not believing and contracting the virus during a trip? Damn, 2020!
Dmitriy “Dima” Stuzhuk is a 33-year-old Ukrainian fitness influencer with 1.1 million followers on Instagram who promoted healthy living, and a father of three.
He branded the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) a hoax and took a trip to Turkey freely.
Turkey has recorded almost 350,000 COVID-19 cases, though the Turkish Medical Association believes the true figure to be far higher.
He woke up with breathing difficulties during a trip to Turkey and developed a cough the following day. He was tested after returning to Ukraine and was diagnosed positive with the coronavirus and was immediately hospitalized.
He was released from an overcrowded hospital in the Ukrainian capital Kiev after spending eight days and returned home, but he had to be rushed back in the hospital within hours after his condition deteriorated.
The social media influencer, notified his fans of his diagnosis from his hospital bed.
“I was one who thought that COVID does not exist… until I got sick”, Dima wrote on Instagram. “COVID-19 IS NOT A SHORT-LIVED DISEASE! And it is heavy”.
Dima also posted a photograph of himself wearing an oxygen mask to help him breathe.
He added that his condition was “stable”.
“The hospital is completely filled with people, some of them being treated in corridors”, Dima on the continuation of his post, who was allowed to leave the hospital after eight days but was rushed back soon after.
His ex-wife and the mother of his three kids, Sofia Stuzhuk, later announced that he was in “grave condition” and unconscious, according to the news outlet.
“Dima (Dmitriy) had problems with his cardiovascular system…His heart is not coping”, she wrote on Instagram.
“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.
After hours, she announced his death, “Dima is no longer with us. His heart could not stand”, Sofia wrote on Instagram, “Only warm memories remain, three beautiful kids and valuable experience”, she added on her post on Saturday, Oct 17.
Her ex-wife’s last social media post was a pair of selfies he took before leaving the hospital last week.
The couple, whose youngest child is nine months old, split six months ago amid “constant betrayal, cursing, showdown, and stress” but recently said they were back on amicable terms.