Dmitry Stuzhuk, an influencer on Instagram with more than 1.1 million followers, recently died after a battle with COVID-19 complications. The former wife of the 33-year-old social media star Sofia Stuzhuk announced her death in a stunning Instagram post on Saturday. Stuzuk insisted that the coronavirus was a hoax and should not be taken seriously, but after a recent trip to Turkey, he tested positive for the virus.
“I came to you as a little 19-year-old Sonechka, and went as an adult and independent Sofia Stuzhuk,” Sofia wrote in Russian on Instagram, along with photos of the former couple’s three children. “Yes, we didn’t have a good relationship. Yes, there were a lot of problems. But that relationship gave us so much.”; Sofia said that although they were no longer together, Stuzhuk’s death “hurts me no less.” She then thanked him for “everything, my important person, my head teacher, my guide, the father of my children. You are our guardian angel and your love will always protect our angels.”
Stuzhuk’s latest Instagram post was published on Wednesday and included two photos from a hospital in his native Ukraine. When he returned from Turkey, he told his followers that he believed that COVID-19 should be taken seriously. “I want to share how I got sick and warn everyone,” he wrote in an Instagram post. Sun. “I was the one who thought that COVID didn’t exist … Until I got sick,” he continued. “COVID-19 – NOT A SHORT LIFE DISEASE! And it’s hard.”
After eight days in hospital in Kyiv, he was allowed to leave. He was rushed to the hospital this week. Sofia said he was “in serious condition” and “unconscious” when he was hospitalized again. He had “problems with the cardiovascular system,” and his heart “failed,” wrote Sofia. Doctors restarted his heart, but his condition was “extremely severe” just before his death. On Friday, she announced Stuzhuk’s death. “Dima is no longer with us,” she wrote. “His heart couldn’t stand it.”
Stuzhuk and Sofia divorced six months ago, but were on good terms before his death. They are the parents of three children, David, Lola and Olivia, and their youngest – nine months.
According to Johns Hopkins University, as of Saturday, there were 39.5 million cases of coronavirus in the world. The total death toll reached 1.1 million, with 219,000 deaths reported in the United States alone. In Turkey, where Stuzuk said he contracted the virus, there are more than 345,000 confirmed cases and more than 9,200 deaths.