Ukrainian fitness influencer who branded COVID-19 a hoax dies from virus after trip to Turkey

Father-of-three Dmitriy Stuzhuk had woken up with a swollen neck and breathing difficulties and was hospitalized on returning to his native Ukraine. (Instagram: @stuzhuk_dmitriy)
Short Url
Updated 19 October 2020

Ukrainian fitness influencer who branded COVID-19 a hoax dies from virus after trip to Turkey

  • Dad-of-3 Dmitriy Stuzhuk, 33, contracted disease in Turkey, died in Kiev hospital from underlying heart condition

LONDON: A fitness influencer who branded the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) a hoax has died after contracting the virus during a trip to Turkey.

Father-of-three Dmitriy Stuzhuk had woken up with a swollen neck and breathing difficulties and was hospitalized on returning to his native Ukraine.

 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Dima Stuzhuk (@stuzhuk_dmitriy) on

 

His ex-wife, Sofia Stuzhuk, later announced that he had died from heart complications triggered by the infection.

Stuzhuk, 33, had more than 1 million followers on Instagram and had previously told them that COVID-19 did not exist.

 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Dima Stuzhuk (@stuzhuk_dmitriy) on

 

However, in a post to fans after being taken to hospital, he said: “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.

“COVID-19 is not a short-lived disease! And it is heavy,” he added.

Stuzhuk also posted a photograph of himself wearing an oxygen mask to help him breathe.

 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Dima Stuzhuk (@stuzhuk_dmitriy) on

 

He was initially released from an overcrowded hospital in the Ukrainian capital Kiev after spending eight days there but was rushed back in within hours after his condition deteriorated.

Stuzhuk leaves behind three children David, Lola, and Olivia, the youngest of which is 9 months old.

 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Dima Stuzhuk (@stuzhuk_dmitriy) on

 

Turkey has recorded almost 350,000 COVID-19 cases, though the Turkish Medical Association believes the true figure to be far higher.


Zarif ‘desperate’ to blame Saudi Arabia for anything negative that happens in Iran: Al-Jubeir

Updated 01 December 2020

Zarif ‘desperate’ to blame Saudi Arabia for anything negative that happens in Iran: Al-Jubeir

  • “It is not the policy of Saudi Arabia to engage in assasinations; unlike Iran” minister tweeted

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir said on Tuesday Mohammad Zarif, Iranian foreign minister, was “desperate” to blame Saudi Arabia for anything negative that happens in Iran.

“Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif is desperate to blame the Kingdom for anything negative that happens in Iran. Will he blame us for the next earthquake or flood?” he tweeted.

“It is not the policy of Saudi Arabia to engage in assasinations; unlike Iran, which has done so since the Khomeini Revolution in 1979. Ask us, and ask many other countries who have lost many of their citizens due to Iran’s criminal and illegal behavior,” he added.

Al-Jubeir's comments come after Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was killed in an ambush near Tehran on Friday.

Fakhrizadeh has been described by Western and Israeli intelligence services for years as the leader of a covert atomic bomb programme halted in 2003, which Israel and the United States accuse Tehran of trying to restore in secret.

Iran has blamed external entities, including Israel and an exiled opposition group, for the killing.