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Coronavirus US: Trump blamed for man’s death in obituary

A grieving widow whose husband died from ‘the ravages of the COVID-19 virus’ has hit out at President Trump and ‘the many ignorant, self centered and selfish people’ who refuse to wear masks in a gut-wrenching obituary, blaming them all for the great-grandfather’s ‘needless’ death. 

David W Nagy, from Jefferson, Texas, passed away on July 22 at the age of 79, leaving behind his ‘inconsolable’ wife Stacey, their five children, and ‘numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and friends’.  

And now his wife Stacey, 72, has launched a scathing attack on all the people that she feels are to ‘blame’ for her husband’s ‘needless’ death, while detailing how the beloved great grandfather ‘suffered greatly from the ravages of the virus’ while totally isolated in hospital before passing away. 

‘Family members believe David’s death was needless,’ Stacey wrote in the obituary, which was published in local newspaper the Jefferson Jimplecute on July 30. 

‘They blame his death and the deaths of all the other innocent people on Trump, [Texas Governor Greg] Abbott and all the other politicians who did not take this pandemic seriously and were more concerned with their popularity and votes than lives.’

Stacey went on to eviscerate all people who still refuse to wear face masks, branding them ‘ignorant, self centered and selfish’, while accusing them of ‘killing innocent people’ just to protect their ‘”right” not to wear a mask’. 

The mother of five concluded the obituary with a warning to all of those she blames for her husband’s death, writing: ‘A statement issued by the family declared that Dave did everything he was supposed to do, but you did not. 

‘Shame on all of you, and may Karma find you all!’   

The obituary was quickly shared on social media by Jefferson locals, where it spread like wildfire, with thousands of people sharing their heartache over Stacey’s loss – while praising her for speaking out about David’s ‘needless’ death.

Speaking to Buzzfeed about the viral obit, Stacey opened up about her heart-wrenching grief over the loss of her husband – and her anger at those who have refused to ‘follow the recommendations’ from medical professionals. 

‘We were married for 20 years and now I’m not with him,’ she said. ‘It’s just been devastating for me. 

‘It p****s me off because he didn’t need to die. Had people been following the recommendations, things would have been different. But people don’t.’ 

She added that her husband had taken every possible precaution to protect himself against the virus, because he suffered from a number of pre-existing health conditions – including diabetes, heart problems, and early signs of dementia – which put him at much higher risk from the deadly illness. 

The grieving widow recalled how her husband was hospitalized in late March after suffering a serious fall, revealing that he was taken into a nursing home after receiving treatment – where she believed he had the best chance of remaining safe amid the ongoing pandemic. 

David remained in the nursing home for almost four months, living under a lockdown that saw him almost entirely isolated from his family. 

‘He stayed there and I would go and visit, and just go to the window and we’d yell back and forth at each other to talk,’ she told Buzzfeed, adding that the couple would ‘kiss the glass to give kisses to each other’. 

David got sick in early July and was taken to the hospital, where he tested positive for COVID-19 – and where his condition continued to worsen, despite desperate efforts from doctors.

The great-grandfather was placed on a ventilator, and given Remdesivir and plasma therapy, however he never regained consciousness – and remained in hospital alone, completely isolated from his family. 

Stacey explained that she was allowed to visit her husband, but could only speak to him through the sliding glass door to his room, revealing that she ‘told him she loved him and cried’ as he lay unconscious in his bed. 

Their children also had a chance to see their father for the last time, but were again forced to remain separated from him by the glass door.  

Speaking about the viral reaction to her obituary, Stacey said that she didn’t publish the article in order to ‘make people like it’ but rather because she was ‘pissed off’ at the circumstances surrounding her husband’s ‘needless’ death – and all those who caused it. 

‘I did it because I was p****d off and I wanted people to know the ones that refuse to wear a mask, that they are the killers and they are to blame, not just for Dave’s stuff but for all these people,’ she told Buzzfeed. 

‘He’s not the only husband to die. There’s been thousands of other husbands and wives and fathers and mothers and brothers that have died.’

As well as publishing the obituary in the paper, Stacey also shared it on Facebook, where she revealed that her husband had died ‘a horrible death’. 

She received a slew of praise and sympathy on the social media site – with hundreds of users sharing very similar thoughts. 

‘My heart goes out to his family, and to those who have lost a loved one to this (as Trump put it) “hoax”,’ one person wrote. ‘Had the government stressed the importance of practicing preventative measures instead of denying that COVID-19 existed, less people would have caught it.

‘Regardless of anyone’s health status, much of what’s happening in the US is Trump’s fault for caring more for his image rather than for his country.’  

On Twitter, the obituary was shared by dozens of different users, and sparked a wave of replies, with many people insisting that they would want their families to write similar passages if they should die from COVID-19. 

‘If I die from Covid-19 I’ve instructed my family to make my obituary exactly the same,’ one person wrote. 

‘I’m getting my will out & adding this as an addendum,’ another added. ‘I will write out my own words to be put in the local paper. Will be my parting words for this red state I live in.’

However Stacey also faced criticism from furious trolls as a result of her passionate stance against Trump and his supporters, with some even accusing her of ‘faking’ her husband’s death. 

‘For those of you calling the death of my husband “fake” you do not know what you are talking about,’ Stacey fired back on Facebook. 

‘This is f***ing real! Those who say you couldn’t find his funeral home, why would you even look? He was cremated at Welch Funeral Home in Longview, Texas. He was cremated and sent to his children in California per his wishes to be placed in a niche close to his father. 

‘A memorial service will be held for family and friends in California when this COVID this is over. Not that any of this is even your business. Now keep your hateful comments to your hateful selves. Or find some other widow to hassle.’   

The viral response to the obituary comes as Trump spoke out about the ongoing pandemic in an interview filmed last Tuesday, insisting that the virus was well-controlled across the US despite the country averaging about 65,000 new cases and 1,000 deaths per day. 

‘They are dying, that’s true. And you have – it is what it is. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t doing everything we can. It’s under control as much as you can control it. This is a horrible plague,’ Trump said. 

As of Tuesday morning, Texas has reported more than 462,000 coronavirus cases, and 7,688 deaths.  

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