Dimitry Stuzhuk, an Instagram fitness influencer with over 1.1 million followers, recently died after a battle with complications of COVID-19. The 33-year-old social media star’s ex-wife, Sofia Stuzhuk, announced her death in a heartbreaking Instagram post on Saturday. Stuzhuk insisted that coronavirus was a scam and did not need to be taken seriously, but he tested positive for the virus after a recent trip to Turkey.
“I came to you as a little 19-year-old Sonechka and traveled as an adult and independent Sofia Stuzhuk,” Sofia wrote in Russian on Instagram along with photos with the former couple’s three children. “Yes, we did not have a good relationship. Yes, there were many problems. But this relationship gave us so much.”
Stuzhuk’s last Instagram post was published on Wednesday and included two photos from a hospital in his home country of Ukraine. After returning from Turkey, he told his supporters that he believed COVID-19 should be taken seriously. “I want to tell how I got sick and to warn everyone strongly,” he wrote in an Instagram post, reporting The sun. “I was someone who thought Covid did not exist … Until I got sick,” he continued. “COVID-19 IS NOT A SHORT-LIFE DISEASE! And it’s heavy. “
After eight days in a hospital in Kiev, Ukraine, he was allowed to leave. This week he was rushed back to the hospital. Sofia said he was in “serious condition” and “unconscious” when he was readmitted to the hospital. He had “problems with his cardiovascular system” and his heart “failed”, Sofia wrote. Doctors restarted his heart, but his condition was “extremely serious” just before he died. On Friday, she announced Stuzhuk’s death. “Dima is no longer with us,” she wrote. “His heart could not stand.”
Stuzhuk and Sofia split six months ago, but were on better terms before his death. They are the parents of three children, David, Lola and Olivia, and their youngest is nine months old.
There are 39.5 million cases of coronavirus around the world as of Saturday, according to Johns Hopkins University. The global death toll has reached 1.1 million with over 219,000 deaths reported in the United States alone. Turkey, where Stuzhuk said he contracted the virus, has over 345,000 confirmed cases and over 9,200 deaths.