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Couple married for over 50 years die of coronavirus six minutes apart

9Honey logo 9Honey 3/04/2020 02:00:00 Bianka Farmakis

hands of old man stay home corona virus stay safe carantine grandpa © Getty / Instagram Babic Goranhands of old man stay home corona virus stay safe carantine grandpa A heartbreaking double death from coronavirus has rippled through the internet, with a married couple of 50 years succumbing to the virus just six minutes apart.

Stuart Baker, 74, and Adrian Baker, 72, had both deteriorated quickly after contracting COVID-19 last month, eventually dying within minutes of one another on March 29.

Their son Buddy Baker shared the news of their deaths on Twitter, saying he hoped his family's tragedy would be a lesson to others about the importance of flattening the curve.

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"As many of you know, my parents recently contracted COVID-19 and unfortunately passed away this past Sunday due to complications," he explained.

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Baker said despite his parents being in "good health" weeks prior to falling ill, they had succumbed to complications related to the disease.

The Indianapolis man told WTHR that Stuart, who had a history of asthma, and Adrian had "deteriorated day by day" until the family was informed "there was no chance either one was gonna make it,".

"I'd like to take this time to make people think about making a change," Baker explained, hoping his family's pain would be a "catalyst of change" for people not taking the virus seriously.

"This is an opportunity for something, which was very bad and tragic to my family to prevent it happening to someone else's.

"Please make the tough and right choice and help stop the spreading of this virus."

The video, which has since been retweeted over 2000 times, was flooded with comments of despair and support.

"So sad. 6 min apart. Can't imagine, my greatest fear with all of this," wrote one user.

"I can't imagine what you and your family is going through. Please let me know if I can help in any way," commented another.

Former US Bachelor Colton Underwood even shared his condolences, writing, "We are all in this together. Thoughts and prayers your way".

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Prominent US sports stars also shared messages of support.

Reiterating that no one is immune to the disease, Baker added: "We live in a world of 'It can't happen to me,' 'It can't happen to us,' 'It can't happen to my family. Well, it happened to us."

The sports agent also addressed the need for younger people to acknowledge their vulnerability to the virus.

"Sometimes people can, especially young people, can feel like they're immune from something or invincible when it's simply not the case," he said.

Baker encouraged people to practice the necessary preventative measures - "practice social distancing. Wash your hands as regularly as you can and, importantly, stay at home."

"It's not the easy choice, but it's the right choice," he added.

3. huhtikuuta 2020 5:00:00 Categories: 9Honey International Business Times

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