Captain Sir Tom Moore dies aged 100 after Covid and pneumonia battle

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Captain Sir Tom Moore has died aged 100 after testing positive for coronavirus, his daughters have confirmed in a statement.

The World War II Veteran made headlines in 2020 for his Guinness World Record-breaking charity efforts for the NHS.

His daughters Hannah and Lucy confirmed Sir Tom's passing, after earlier thanking staff at Bedford Hospital where he had been receiving treatment for the virus.

The family had hoped the 100-year-old would "return home as soon as possible", but he was sadly pronounced dead on Tuesday morning, February 2.

Sir Tom spent his final hours with his family at his bedside, sharing “laughter and tears” together.

Hannah and Tom’s grandchildren Benjie and Georgia were with him in hospital, while daughter Lucy spoke to him on FaceTime.

Hannah and Lucy said in a statement: "The last year of our father’s life was nothing short of remarkable. He was rejuvenated and experienced things he’d only ever dreamed of.

"Whilst he’d been in so many hearts for just a short time, he was an incredible father and grandfather, and he will stay alive in our hearts forever."

Over the past five years, Sir Tom had been receiving treatment for prostate and skin cancer.

He was initially admitted to hospital on January 12, where he received a pneumonia diagnosis.

Hannah announced her father’s positive coronavirus test result on January 31, stating that he had been moved to hospital as he needed "additional help with his breathing."

At the time, she said Captain Tom was "not in ICU" and was instead "being treated in a ward".

She said: "I wanted to update everybody that today (Sunday 31st January) my father was admitted to hospital.

"Over the last few weeks he was being treated for pneumonia and last week tested positive for Covid. He was at home with us until today when he needed additional help with his breathing.

"He is being treated in a ward, although he is not in ICU."

Due to his pneumonia, Tom was unable to receive the coronavirus vaccine.

He set out to raise £1,000 for the NHS by walking 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday during the first national lockdown in April 2020.

Praise and donations for the World War II veteran flooded in and he ended up raising a whopping more than £33 million.

In acknowledgement of his efforts, he was knighted by the Queen during a unique open-air ceremony at Windsor Castle in summer 2020.

The full statement from Hannah and Lucy reads: "It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our dear father, Captain Sir Tom Moore.

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"We are so grateful that we were with him during the last hours of his life; Hannah, Benjie and Georgia by his bedside and Lucy on FaceTime. We spent hours chatting to him, reminiscing about our childhood and our wonderful mother. We shared laughter and tears together.

"The last year of our father’s life was nothing short of remarkable. He was rejuvenated and experienced things he’d only ever dreamed of.

"Whilst he’d been in so many hearts for just a short time, he was an incredible father and grandfather, and he will stay alive in our hearts forever.

"The care our father received from the NHS and carers over the last few weeks and years of his life has been extraordinary. They have been unfalteringly professional, kind and compassionate and have given us many more years with him than we ever would have imagined.

"Over the past few days our father spoke a great deal about the last 12 months and how proud he felt at being able to leave behind the growing legacy of his Foundation.

"We politely ask for privacy at this time so we can grieve quietly as a family and remember the wonderful 100 years our father had."

  • Captain Tom Moore
  • Coronavirus

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