Grand Prix actor Antonio Sabato Sr. dies aged 77 of complications from COVID-19

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Antonio Sabato Sr. died at the age of 77 of complications from COVID-19, after testing positive for the virus earlier this month.

The son of Italian-American actor Antonio Sabato Jr., 48, confirmed the news of his father’s death in a message shared on Twitter on January 6.

Antonio was best known for his roles in Escape From The Bronx and Grand Prix, which earned him a nomination for New Star of the Year at the 1967 Golden Globes.

Ciao: Italian-American actor Antonio Sabato Sr., best known for the Grand Prix, died on January 6 at the age of 77 due to complications from COVID-19

Prayers: Antonio Sabato Jr, confirmed the news on Twitter by sharing an old photo and writing: 'ciao papa'

Prayers: Antonio Sabato Jr, confirmed the news on Twitter by sharing an old photo and writing: “ciao papa”

Antonio Sabato Jr., who has continually taken to Twitter to update fans on his father’s condition, paid tribute to his father by uploading an old family photo to Twitter on Wednesday.

“Ciao Papa,” wrote Sabato Jr., who is best known for his role on the CBS soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful.

In a follow-up tweet, the star said he would love and miss his father “Always and Forever” as he continued to mourn the late actor.

Days before his death, Sabato Jr. begged his Twitter followers to “please say a prayer for [his] father, ”while battling COVID-19 at an intensive care facility in California.

Father-Son Duo: The Bold and the Beautiful actor took to Twitter to update followers on his father's condition for two days until his ultimate death;  photo 2003

Father-Son Duo: The Bold and the Beautiful actor took to Twitter to update followers on his father’s condition for two days until his ultimate death; photo 2003

Intensive care: Grand Prix actor appeared to decline in two days as Antonio tweeted he was in 'intensive care with covid'

Intensive care: Grand Prix actor appeared to decline in two days as Antonio tweeted he was in ‘intensive care with covid’

“My daddy / daddy is in intensive care with covid in California. Lord, keep him surrounded by angels and the love and strength of pure God within, ”he wrote.

On January 5, the actor returned to Twitter to follow up on another update highlighting the seriousness of his father’s condition.

“My daddy / daddy is fighting for his life and not doing good and we can’t even see him or be next to him. “

“Dear Lord, you are the God of the impossible! There is nothing you cannot do. I come to You now, desperate for a miracle of healing for my daddy. Thank you Jesus, ‘with prayer hand emojis.

Fighting for his life: Sabato Jr. lamented the fact that he and his family couldn't even 'see him or be next to him' as he fought for his life with COVID-19

Fighting for his life: Sabato Jr. lamented that he and his family couldn’t even ‘see him or be next to him’ as he fought for his life with COVID-19

His condition was apparently gloomy as the huge prayers didn’t work out as he fought for his life.

Sabato Jr. continued to remember his father by writing “The Number One, Our Grandpa Antonio Sabato” The Best “”, while also sharing a photo of the actor in his prime.

The younger Sabato – who is a staunch supporter of Trump – has publicly expressed his take against face masks in regards to the impending coronavirus.

The same day he asked for “prayers” for his father, he shared a screenshot which he told me, “Science says healthy people shouldn’t wear masks,” as it lists the reasons not to wear a face mask.

Mask closed: Young Sabato - who is a strong supporter of Trump - has publicly expressed his beliefs against wearing a face mask to prevent the spread of the coronavirus;  photo july 2018

Mask closed: Young Sabato – who is a strong supporter of Trump – has publicly expressed his beliefs against wearing a face mask to prevent the spread of the coronavirus; photo july 2018

He went on to share a photo of himself and Trump and wrote, “He’s my tallest president actually and he will lead our country and the world technically for the next 4 years!” Despite the fact that Trump actually lost the election.

The actor, who considers himself a member of the Patriot Party, continued to oppose Twitter’s suspension of Trump’s account, as he said:

“You bad Twitter jacka ** es. Please just suspend all of us who support The Greatest President in History @realdonaldtrump and get right to the point. Have fun.’

He proceeded to declaim of President-elect Joe Biden calling him, “a fraud and a liar and a shame just like his Twitter Facebook friends Ig”, while adding “TRUMP WON BY A LANDSLIDE”.



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