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Ukrainian fitness Instagram influencer, 33, 'who thought Covid didn't exist' dies of coronavirus


A fitness influencer who thought Covid didn’t exist has died aged just 33 after contracting the virus on a trip to Turkey.

Dmitriy Stuzhuk had been discharged from hospital in his native Ukraine – but was rushed back and rapidly deteriorated.

To his one million subscribers, he appeared super-fit 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 coronavirus had triggered heart complications.

Fitness influencer Dmitriy Stuzhuk, who thought Covid didn't exist, has died aged just 33 after contracting the virus on a trip to Turkey

Fitness influencer Dmitriy Stuzhuk, who thought Covid didn’t exist, has died aged just 33 after contracting the virus on a trip to Turkey

His ex-wife and mother of his three children, Sofia Stuzhuk (pictured together), 25, who announced his death said coronavirus had triggered heart complications

His ex-wife and mother of his three children, Sofia Stuzhuk (pictured together), 25, who announced his death said coronavirus had triggered heart complications

To his one million subscribers, he appeared super-fit as he promoted sports and healthy living

To his one million subscribers, he appeared super-fit as he promoted sports and healthy living

They split six months ago after she complained of 'constant betrayal, cursing, showdown and stress' but recently said they were back on good terms

They split six months ago after she complained of ‘constant betrayal, cursing, showdown and stress’ but recently said they were back on good terms

After becoming ill, he had posted 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.’

He had woken in Turkey with a swollen neck and breathing difficulties, he said.

Back in Ukraine, he was tested positive and hospitalised.

‘The hospital is completely filled with people, some of them being treated in corridors,’ he posted.

The couple had three children David, Lola and Olivia. The youngest is just nine months old

The couple had three children David, Lola and Olivia. The youngest is just nine months old

After becoming ill, he had posted to his fans: 'I want to share how I got sick and to strongly warn everyone'

After becoming ill, he had posted to his fans: ‘I want to share how I got sick and to strongly warn everyone’

Sofia is also an influencer, boasting more than five million followers on Instagram where she regularly posts racy snaps

Sofia is also an influencer, boasting more than five million followers on Instagram where she regularly posts racy snaps

He showed how he needed an oxygen apparatus for breathing.

After eight days he was permitted to leave his ward rather than remain in an overcrowded Kyiv hospital.

‘At home, as they say, the walls heal – my condition is stable.’

But after a few hours he was rushed back to hospital where Sofia said he was soon in a ‘grave condition’ and ‘unconscious’.

Sofia – who has five million followers – posted as he struggled for life: ‘Dima (Dmitriy) had problems with his cardiovascular system…

After eight days he was permitted to leave his ward rather than remain in an overcrowded Kyiv hospital

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'

But after a few hours he was rushed back to hospital where Sofia said he was soon in a ‘grave condition’ and ‘unconscious’

‘His heart is not coping…’

He suffered clinical death but medics restarted his heart.

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… ‘

Then ‘heartbroken’ Sofia announced his death.

Sofia posted: 'Only warm memories remain, three beautiful kids and valuable experience'

Sofia posted: ‘Only warm memories remain, three beautiful kids and valuable experience’

He suffered clinical death but medics restarted his heart as they tried in vain to save him

He suffered clinical death but medics restarted his heart as they tried in vain to save him

The couple had three children David, Lola and Olivia. The youngest is just nine months old.

They split six months ago after she complained of ‘constant betrayal, cursing, showdown and stress’ but recently said they were back on good terms.

She posted: ‘Only warm memories remain, three beautiful kids and valuable experience.

‘God, it is so terrible to realise that he is not with us anymore….’

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