Captain Sir Tom Moore passes away due to COVID-19

The 100-year-old veteran was being treated for pneumonia for weeks before being diagnosed with COVID-19. He was then admitted to the hospital with breathing difficulties, and passed away on Tuesday.

His daughter released a statement via Twitter on Sunday to disclose his condition.

His daughter, Hannah, released a statement from his official Twitter account.

Who is Captain Tom Moore?

In April 2020, Captain Tom Moore set out to walk 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday (30th April). He intended to raise £1,000 for the UK’s National Health Service before his momentous birthday.

Instead, his story spread across the UK, and by April 30th, he’d raised almost £33 million for the NHS.

On his birthday he received 150,000 cards, saw flypasts of the Royal Air Force, and was appointed as an honorary colonel. On July 17th, 2020, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle.

Tom Moore’s outdoor knighting ceremony in July | Source: The Royal Family Channel

Reactions to his diagnosis

Many politicians from both sides of the aisle have sent their best wishes to Captain Tom, from Prime Minister Johnson to Deputy Labour Leader Angela Rayner.

Deputy Labour Leader Angela Rayner tweeted her thoughts and prayers just 50 minutes after the announcement.

His passing

Captain Sir Tom Moore passed away from COVID-19 and pneumonia on the 2nd of February. His family posted a photo on his official Twitter to commemorate his life.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted a small eulogy to celebrate Tom Moore’s life and contributions to the NHS.

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