Dimitri Stuzhuk, an influential man on Instagram with more than 1.1 million followers, died recently after a battle with COVID-19 complications. The ex-wife of the 33-year-old star of the social network Sofia Stuzhuk announced her death in a heartbreaking Instagram post on Saturday. Stuzhuk insisted the 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 left as an adult and independent Sofia Stuzhuk,” Sofia wrote in Russian on Instagram, along with photos of the former couple’s three children. “Yes, we didn’t have a good relationship. Yes, there were a lot of problems. But that relationship gave us so much.”
Stuzhuk’s latest Instagram post was posted on Wednesday and includes two photos from a hospital in his native Ukraine. After returning from Turkey, he told his followers that he believed COVID-19 should be taken seriously. “I want to share how I got sick and strongly warn everyone,” he wrote in an Instagram post. The sun. “I was a man who thought that Kovid didn’t exist … Until I got sick,” he continued. “COVID-19 IS NOT A BRIEF ANIMAL DISEASE! And it’s severe.”
After eight days in a hospital in Kiev, Ukraine, he was allowed to leave. This week, however, he was rushed to hospital. Sofia said he was “in serious condition” and “unconscious” when he was admitted to the hospital again. He had “problems with his cardiovascular system” and his heart “could not cope”, Sofia writes. Doctors restarted his heart, but his condition was “extremely serious” just before his death. On Friday, she announced Stuzhuk’s death. “Dima is no longer with us,” she wrote. “His heart couldn’t resist.”
Stuzhuk and Sofia separated six months ago, but were on better terms before his death. They are the parents of three children, David, Lola and Olivia, and they are at least nine months old.
As of Saturday, there are 39.5 million cases of coronavirus worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University. The death toll has reached 1.1 million worldwide, with more than 219,000 deaths reported in the United States alone. In Turkey, where Stuzuk said he was infected with the virus, there were more than 345,000 confirmed cases and more than 9,200 deaths.