A hero has fallen. Sir Tom Moore, the 100-year-old who helped raise money for COVID-19 relief, has died after he was hospitalized with the deadly disease earlier this week, his official Twitter account reported on Tuesday, February 2. On Moore's social media account, a photo of the late star was posted, which read: "Captain Sir Tom Moore 1920-2021."
Of course, fans immediately took to social media to mourn Moore. NHS wrote, "Thanks for everything Sir Tom," while another person echoed, "Captain Tom was amazing and gave us all hope in dark times. RIP Captain Tom. Sending my love and condolences to his family. X."
A third user added, "This is such horrible news, he is an hero and an inspiration to this country. Thank you #CaptainTomMoore RIP."
The World War II veteran — who rose to fame when he raised more than $40 million for NHS (National Health Service) and COVID-19 relief by walking 100 laps in his backyard for his 100th birthday — had come down with the virus, and his family shared a note on his progress.
"I want to update everybody that today (Sunday 31st January) my father was admitted to the hospital," Moore’s daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore wrote on social media. "Over the last few weeks he was being treated for pneumonia and last week tested positive for COVID-19."
Hannah revealed that her father “needed additional help with breathing” but was not in the ICU.
"We know that the wonderful staff at Bedford Hospital will do all they can to make him comfortable and hopefully [he will] return home as soon as possible,” she said. "We understand that everyone will be wishing him well. We are of course focusing on my father and will update you when we are able to."
Moore didn't get the COVID-19 vaccine yet since he was taking medication to treat pneumonia.
After Moore went viral for his generous acts, he received more than 125,000 birthday cards and was even knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in July 2020. Moore also released an autobiography titled Tomorrow Will Be A Good Day.