The heartbroken ex of an Instagram influencer “who thought Covid does not exist” and later died says she begged him to take his health seriously.
Fitness coach Dmitriy Stuzhuk, aged just 33, shared updates with his one million followers after he contracted coronavirus, even posing for photos as he received oxygen in hospital.
The dad-of-three had been discharged from hospital in his native Ukraine but was rushed back just hours later and his condition rapidly deteriorated.
In a heartbreaking tribute, his former wife and fellow Instagram influencer Sofia Stuzhuk, 25, told her five million fans: “God, I’m so sad that you didn’t listen to me about your health.”
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The couple had three children – David, Lola and Olivia. The youngest is just nine months old.
Dmitriy is said to have contracted Covid-19 during a trip to Turkey .
After becoming ill, he wrote to his fans: “I want to share how I got sick and to strongly warn everyone.
“I was one who thought that Covid does not exist. Until I got sick.”
He told them: “COVID-19 IS NOT A SHORT-LIVED DISEASE! And it is heavy.”
To his one million followers on social media, he appeared to be in perfect health as he promoted sports and healthy living.
But Sofia, who announced his death, said Covid-19 had triggered heart complications.
She posted a series of photos of the couple and their children during their six years together before they split earlier this year.
The fitness model suggested that she had begged Dmitriy to take his health seriously.
She wrote: “God, I’m so sad that you didn’t listen to me about your health.
“But we always respected each other’s choices.
“We were no longer together, but it hurts me no less.”
Sofia admitted there were “many problems” but their relationship “gave us so much”.
She wrote: “We have lived and experienced so much with you. You were there in sorrow and in joy.
“You taught me so much.
“For the rest of my life I will remain grateful to you for our three beautiful children.
“For all the invaluable experience.
“And for who I have become with you.
“You and I became the parents of three beautiful children and even one heavenly one.”
Sofia wrote that the pair met when she was 19 and Dmitriy was supportive of her career and “loved me as best he could”.
Dmitriy had woken in Turkey with a swollen neck and breathing difficulties, he said in an earlier post to his fans.
Back in Ukraine, he was tested positive and hospitalised.
“The hospital is completely filled with people, some of them being treated in corridors,” he posted.
He showed how he needed an oxygen apparatus for breathing.
After eight days he was permitted to leave his ward rather than remain in an overcrowded Kyiv hospital.
He said: “At home, as they say, the walls heal – my condition is stable.”
But after a few hours he was rushed back to hospital where Sofia said he was soon in a “grave condition” and “unconscious”.
Sofia wrote online as he struggled for life: “Dima (Dmitriy) had problems with his cardiovascular system.
”His heart is not coping.”
He suffered clinical death but medics restarted his heart.
Sofia added: “His state is extremely grave. No-one can do anything with this.
“I did everything I could so the father of my three children lives. But nothing depends on me now.”
Then “heartbroken” Sofia announced his death.
The couple split six months ago after she complained of “constant betrayal, cursing, showdown and stress” but recently said they were back on good terms.
She wrote: “Only warm memories remain, three beautiful kids and valuable experience.
“God, it is so terrible to realise that he is not with us anymore.”