British boxer Anthony Yarde has confirmed the death of his grandmother due to coronavirus, within a week of his father passing away for the same reason.
The 28-year-old appealed to fans to take the pandemic seriously after suffering tragic losses to two family members within such a short space of time.
The light-heavyweight wrote on Instagram: ‘We have now lost my Nanna to this virus. My dad and his mother have passed days apart.
‘It’s serious! People are still going out when they don’t need to.
‘I know there’s a lot of opinions about Covid-19 and I have mine but I just know opinions aren’t worth risking your life and others.
‘Just stay at home.
‘RIP Dad 27.3.20. RIP Nana 2.4.20
‘My heart really goes out to all the people suffering in different ways.’
This came just days after he posted a similar post about the passing of his fatehr.
‘I’m a very private person and TBH I’m still in shock but maybe this can help people stay home,’ wrote Yarde last weekend.
‘My Dad passed away from this virus yesterday and he was fit with no health issues. ‘The more people go out and mingle the longer this isolation will last and the more it will spread. ‘I’m not a doctor but I do know if you stay home you are less likely to catch it or pass it on.
‘It’s seriously not worth the risk.’
Yarde’s promoter Frank Warren responded to the tragedy with a statement: ‘We are extremely sad to learn that Anthony Yarde has now lost his Nan to the Coronavirus.
‘We can’t begin to imagine what Anthony and his family are going through and our sincere condolences go out to them.
‘Please listen to his heartfelt personal plea, stay at home to save lives.’
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