At just 38 years old, Antony Ayiotis died on September 17 almost a week after being taken to hospital with Covid-19.
His family said Antony, from Romford, had not been vaccinated because he believed he ‘had not come out’ enough to need it.
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Antony’s sister Stacie Ayiotis, 36, told My London the family were shocked and heartbroken at their loss.
She said: “We are all heartbroken and devastated. It all happened so fast.
“Every day he was in the hospital he was getting worse. We didn’t think for a minute that he was going to die like this. “
Stacie said her brother had no underlying health issues before he caught Covid.
She said it put the benefits of the vaccine into perspective in the most tragic way possible.
She said: “Her partner received a double blow, so luckily he didn’t catch it, but he went to the hospital last week on Saturday and died the following Friday.
“He didn’t have any underlying health issues, he didn’t smoke or drink – but he didn’t get an injection.
“He said he didn’t have to be because he didn’t come out.
“It makes you realize how good the vaccine must be, his partner who received a double blow didn’t get it and he ended up dying. “
In order to celebrate Antony’s life, Stacie and her family appealed for donations on GoFundMe to put money aside for her family and to pay for the funeral.
Stacie believes that while the family continues to adjust to the shock of losing him, it’s important to honor him.
She said: “Everything is still so raw that we face shock and grief.
“Obviously, nobody was prepared for it, we want to give him the best possible start, for him and his children.
“He was very close to all his children, the three boys he had with his ex-wife and his daughter with his current partner.
“It will be something for them to say goodbye properly. “
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