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Australian expat, 62, dies in Bali after three-week battle with COVID-19

An architect from Perth has become the second Australian to die of COVID-19 in Bali.

Paul Koodravsev, of Sanur, on the island’s south-east, died of multiple organ failure caused by the virus on Sunday after testing positive on July 25. 

The 62-year-old was admitted to the Udayana University Hospital’s dedicated COVID ward on July 31, where he returned a second positive test.

He was hospitalised with ‘many comorbidites’ for 18 days before succumbing to the virus. 

Bali Health Services head Ketut Suarjaya said the ’cause of death was due to multi-organ failure’.

‘Before he died, he had recovered from COVID,’ Mr Suarjaya told The West Australian reported.

‘A third swab at the Udayana University hospital on August 10, was negative. 

‘He was hospitalised for 18 days and died on August 16.’ 

The successful architect will be remembered for designing some of Bali’s most stylish hotels, villas and landscapes.  

Mr Koodravsev was an avid tennis player and skier, and was married to a Swiss woman who he separated from in 2019. 

He has been remembered by friends on social media as a ‘great architect and photographer and above (all) a good friend’. 

‘RIP Paul. You will be missed,’ one said.

‘Just when I thought I would be lucky enough not to have lost any friend to corona. I learned my friend Paul Koodravsev passed away due to complications of COVID-19 here in Bali. He loved life and inspired me to live fully. RIP,’ another said.

The tragedy comes after 53-year-old Australian David Sparenburg died of coronavirus in a guesthouse near Canggu. 

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