Captain Sir Tom Moore has passed away at the age of 100 after testing positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), his daughters, Hannah and Lucy, confirmed in a statement.
The second world war veteran raised almost £39m for the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK during the first coronavirus lockdown in early 2020.
In the statement, his daughters said, “It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our dear father, Captain Sir Tom Moore. 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.”
Captain Sir Tom Moore was admitted to Bedford Hospital on Sunday after being treated for pneumonia for the past several weeks and testing positive for COVID-19, according to his daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore.
In a statement issued on his daugther’s Twitter page that day, his family said that he had been treated at home until Sunday when he needed additional help with his breathing.
“He is being treated in a ward, although he is not in ICU,” Hannah added in the statement.