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A Covid sceptic who thought he couldn’t get ill because he exercised five times a week has died from the virus.

Father-to-be Marcus Birks had been in intensive care with flu-like symptoms and blood clots after testing positive for coronavirus.

The 40-year-old patient and former Bad Lads’ Army contestant said he was ‘shocked’ to have become so unwell because of his healthy lifestyle. 

He said he regretted being ‘kind of ignorant’ about vaccines and ‘putting off’ getting his jabs.

He died at the Royal Stoke University Hospital on Friday. 

His pregnant wife Lis paid tribute to her husband, writing: ‘My heart has been completely ripped out and I don’t know how you are supposed to deal with such pain and hurt.’

Father-to-be Marcus Birks, 40, has died from Covid in hospital after admitting that he regretted 'putting off' his Covid vaccination

Father-to-be Marcus Birks, 40, has died from Covid in hospital after admitting that he regretted 'putting off' his Covid vaccination

Father-to-be Marcus Birks, 40, has died from Covid in hospital after admitting that he regretted ‘putting off’ his Covid vaccination

Marcus, a musician from Leek, Staffordshire had been sceptical about Covid vaccinations and thought that he could not get ill because he ate healthily and exercised five times a week.

But after contracting coronavirus earlier in the month, he said his symptoms got progressively worse, and he was eventually admitted to hospital, suffering from breathing difficulties.

In an interview from his hospital bed on August 11, he said his condition had come as a shock because he rarely got ill.

The musician's wife Lis, who is pregnant with their child, said in a tribute: 'My heart has been completely ripped out and I don't know how you are supposed to deal with such pain and hurt'

The musician's wife Lis, who is pregnant with their child, said in a tribute: 'My heart has been completely ripped out and I don't know how you are supposed to deal with such pain and hurt'

The musician's wife Lis, who is pregnant with their child, said in a tribute: 'My heart has been completely ripped out and I don't know how you are supposed to deal with such pain and hurt'

The musician's wife Lis, who is pregnant with their child, said in a tribute: 'My heart has been completely ripped out and I don't know how you are supposed to deal with such pain and hurt'

The musician’s wife Lis, who is pregnant with their child, said in a tribute: ‘My heart has been completely ripped out and I don’t know how you are supposed to deal with such pain and hurt’

Marcus urged Covid sceptics to get jabbed in an interview from his hospital bed earlier this month

Marcus urged Covid sceptics to get jabbed in an interview from his hospital bed earlier this month

Marcus urged Covid sceptics to get jabbed in an interview from his hospital bed earlier this month

Marcus also urged other Covid sceptics to get jabbed.

‘If you haven’t been ill, you don’t think you’re going to get ill, so you listen to the [anti-vaccine] stuff,’ he told the BBC.

‘When you feel like you can’t get enough breath, it’s the scariest feeling in the world.

‘I kind of was ignorant towards it and just put it off. First thing I am going tell all my family to do is get the vaccine and anybody I see. And as soon as I can get it, I am definitely getting it.’

In the Leek area of Staffordshire vaccination rates are at 90 per cent of people with a first jab, above the national average of 88.9 per cent.

Marcus, a musician, had been married to Lis for 10 years. 

Britain's national roll out has already inoculated almost nine in ten adults in the country

Britain's national roll out has already inoculated almost nine in ten adults in the country

Britain’s national roll out has already inoculated almost nine in ten adults in the country

In a tribute post online, she added: ‘Marcus was the most incredible, caring, loving, loyal, selfless, proud man and all he wanted to do was to help as many people as he could. That, in itself, showed what a pure heart and soul he had.

‘I would like to thank you all for your kind words and support over these last few weeks. Marcus was truly blown away by how many of you sent your love to him. 

The husband-and-wife were a pop duo, and performed as The Chameleonz and once sang in front of 30,000 shoppers at a shopping centre Christmas lights event.

Marcus was once signed to the Most Wanted band and also appeared in Bad Lads’ Army and Popstars: The Rivals on TV.

Source: Daily Mail UK

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