Before Covid’s death, an anti-vaxxer singer who featured on an ITV show pleaded with his family to get vaccinated.
Marcus Birks, a CORONAVIRUS skeptic who starred in ITV’s Bad Lads’ Army, died of the virus at the age of 40.
After testing positive for coronavirus, the former Bad Lads’ Army candidate was in intensive care with flu-like symptoms and blood clots. Despite his healthy lifestyle, the musician was a COVID-19 skeptic who claimed he was “shocked” to have been so ill with the virus.
Mr Birks believed that because he exercised five times a week, he would not become infected, but from his hospital bed, he urged other skeptics to get their vaccines and avoid making the same mistake.
After getting the virus in early August, the 40-year-old father-to-be was admitted to the hospital with flu-like symptoms.
Mr. Birks died at the Royal Stoke University Hospital on Friday.
After his coronavirus symptoms worsened and he encountered respiratory issues, the singer admitted to being “ignorant” and regretting “putting off” taking the vaccine.
The vaccine skeptic toured with his pregnant wife Lis, and the two performed as The Cameleonz.
Lis paid tribute to her late husband after his death, writing: “My heart has been completely ripped out and I don’t know how you are expected to live with such agony and hurt.” The couple had been married for ten years.
Mr Birks revealed to the BBC after his hospitalization that he was “sort of clueless towards” obtaining the vaccine and had “just put it off.”
“If you haven’t been sick, you don’t think you’ll become sick, so you listen to the [anti-vaccine] stuff,” he explained.
The singer from Leek, Staffordshire, said he rarely got sick and didn’t want others to make the same mistake or suffer the same pain.
“The first thing I’m going to tell everyone in my family and everybody I see is to get the vaccine,” he said. And as soon as I’m able to acquire it, I’m going to get it.”
Mr Birks described his experience in the critical care unit at Royal Stoke University Hospital, which began with a flu-like feeling and grew more worse: “When you feel like you can’t get enough breath, it’s the scariest feeling in the world.”
His wife Lis wrote a touching Facebook statement after his passing, praising her late husband as “the most incredible, caring, loving, devoted, selfless, proud man and all he wanted.”