A fitness influencer has died with Covid-19 after calling it a hoax

A 33-year-old Ukrainian influencer who denied the existence of Covid-19 has died.

Father-of-three Dmitriy Stuzhuk died days after posting that he was living with the illness and that his status was stable.

His ex-wife and the mother of his children confirmed the news on Instagram, posting: "only warm memories remain, three beautiful kids and valuable experience."

Who was Dmitriy Stuzhuk?

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    Dmitriy Stuzhuk made a career out of promoting healthy living via his social media channels.

    At the time of his death he had amassed over one million followers.

    The 33-year-old regularly posted promotions for gym brand, GymBeam.

    He said that he had previously not believed in the existence of Covid-19.


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    What happened to Dmitriy Stuzhuk?

    During a visit to Turkey, Stuzhuk says that he began experiencing symptoms, including a swollen neck and difficulty breathing.

    On his return to the Ukraine he was hospitalised, following a positive coronavirus test.

    He spent eight days in hospital before he was discharged, but returned later due to heart complications.


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    Ex-partner Sofia, posted that Dmitriy was having "problems with his cardiovascular system... his heart is not coping".

    She added: "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 later announced that the father of her children had died.


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    During his illness Stuzhuk warned about the dangers of Covid-19 having previously denied its existence.

    He said: "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."


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    In a post confirming his death, Sofia Stuzhuk wrote: “For the rest of my life I will remain grateful to you for our three beautiful children.”

    “For all the invaluable experience. And for who I have become with you.”

    Ms Stuzhuk also suggested that she had tried to take the virus more seriously.

    “God, I am so sad that you didn’t listen to me about your health,” she wrote.


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    “But we always respected each other’s choices.

    “We were no longer together, but it hurts me no less.”