Anti-vaxxer musician dies from Covid in hospital aged 40 leaving pregnant wife behind after saying he couldn’t get ill because he exercised five times a week
- Marcus Birks, 40, was a Covid vaccine sceptic and claim he couldn’t get ill
- Was hospitalised with flu-like symptoms after contracting virus in early August
- As his condition worsened he said he was ‘ignorant’ and urged people to get jab
- Marcus’ pregnant wife Lis confirmed he died at the Royal Stoke University Hospital on Friday
A 40-year-old coronavirus patient who regretted ‘putting off’ his Covid jabs has lost his fight for life in hospital.
Dad-to-be Marcus Birks passed away at the Royal Stoke University Hospital on Friday.
The musician had been in intensive care after testing positive for Covid, displaying flu-like symptoms, and developing blood clots.
Now his wife Lis has paid tribute to her husband in a Facebook post on his public profile. She wants to thank everyone for their support.
Father-to-be Marcus Birks, 40, has died from Covid in hospital after admitting that he regretted ‘putting off’ his Covid vaccination
The Leek couple have been married for 10 years. They wed at St Edwards Church, in Leek.
In the post, she said: ‘My heart has been completely ripped out and I don’t know how you are supposed to deal with such pain and hurt.
‘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.
‘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.
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, I want to thank you for making me feel utterly loved. I knew how much you adored me, as I do you, you told me everyday how much I meant to you and that I will never forget. Me and you forever that’s what you would always tell me.’
The couple’s musical journey regularly featured in the pages of The Sentinel. The husband-and-wife pop duo performed as The Chameleonz and once sang in front of 30,000 shoppers at the Cheshire Oaks Christmas lights switch-on.
Marcus was once signed to the Most Wanted band and also appeared in Bad Lads’ Army and Popstars: The Rivals on TV.
Marcus urged Covid sceptics to get jabbed in an interview from his hospital bed earlier this month.
He told the BBC: ‘If you haven’t been ill, you don’t think you’re going to get ill, so you listen to the [anti-vaccine] stuff.
‘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.’
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