A dad-to-be who turned down the coronavirus vaccine has died in hospital after testing positive for Covid-19.
Marcus Birks, 40, had been in intensive care after testing positive for Covid, displaying flu-like symptoms, and developing blood clots.
The musician passed away at the Royal Stoke University Hospital on Friday, August 27, reports StokeLive.
Marcus regretted “putting off” his Covid jabs after contracting the virus and during a BBC interview earlier this month he urged everyone to get their vaccine.
He said: “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. The first thing I am going to tell all my family to do is to get the vaccine and anybody I see.
“And as soon as I can get it, I am definitely getting it.”
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.
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.
“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 every day 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 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.
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Marcus urged Covid sceptics to get jabbed in an interview from his hospital bed earlier this month.
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