A fitness influencer who claimed COVID-19 didn’t exist died on a trip to Turkey at the age of 33 after contracting the virus.
After testing positive, Dmitriy Stuzhuk was released from the hospital in his native Ukraine, but was rushed back as his health rapidly deteriorated.
To his one million followers, as he promoted fitness and healthy living, the 33-year-old seemed super-fit.
But his ex-wife, Sofia Stuzhuk, the 25-year-old mother of his three children, who declared his death, said the coronavirus caused heart complications.
He had posted to his fans after being ill: “I want to share how I got sick and to warn everyone strongly.”
“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.” Dmitriy woke up in Turkey with a swollen neck and breathing difficulties, he said.
He was checked positively and hospitalised while he was back in Ukraine.
“The hospital is completely filled with people, some of them being treated in corridors,” he posted.
He explained how he needed a breathing oxygen apparatus.
He was allowed to leave his ward after eight days rather than linger in the overcrowded Kyiv hospital.
But he was rushed back to the hospital after a few hours where Sofia said he was soon in a “severe” and “unconscious” situation.
As he struggled for survival, Stuzhuk, who has five million followers, posted:
“Dima (Dmitriy) had problems with his cardiovascular system …
”His heart is not coping …”
He had undergone a clinical death, but his heart was reset by medics.
She posted: “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 … “
Stuzhuk later announced his death.