Brave DJ, 30, who battled leukemia for 2 years dies ‘from coronavirus’ after telling docs to ‘save someone else’ – The Sun

A DJ who battled leukemia for two years reportedly died of coronavirus after telling doctors to "save someone else's life".

Liam Downing tragically died just days after his 30th birthday, when he is thought to have caught the killer bug.

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The brave young man had been told nothing more could be done to tackle his cancer, but managed to see in his birthday on March 23.

He died on Friday afternoon, with his family paying tribute to the "kind-hearted man", after he caught a virus.

In a final send-off, Liam had spent his birthday surrounded by family after they were given special permission to visit his hospital room.

His grieving sister Laura has paid a heartfelt tribute to her "brave brother".

In a social media post, Laura, from Leeds, said: "He has fought leukaemia for nearly 2 years and last week we were told there was nothing more they could do to help him.

"Expecting Liam to have at least a few months he started making a bucket list of things he wanted to do before he died.

"To then be told he had coronavirus was just devastating."


Over £1,500 has been raised on a fundraiser for Liam since his death.

On a GofundMe page his sister said money raised towards the £8,000 target would be spent on a plot, headstone and flowers.

She added that if any money was left, it would be donated to the hospital that looked after Liam for the last two years.

It comes as the number of people who have died from coronavirus in England is now 1,284 after 159 more deaths were announced.

Department of Health has so far recorded 22,141 positive Covid-19 cases in Britain.

Today's figure marks the first time the daily increase in deaths has fallen for two consecutive days and has dropped from 260 on Saturday, the worst day in the crisis so far.

According to one of the government's chief health advisers the outbreak is now "starting to slow" – but deaths will keep rising.

Professor Neil Ferguson, from Imperial College London, claims to have detected "early signs" that lockdown measures are curbing the spread of the bug.


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Prof Ferguson added that the curve is slowing due to the draconian measures the government has implemented.

"It is the result of the actions people have taken and governments have taken," he said.

It comes as one in four Brits could be tested for covid-19 in the coming weeks – after the government agreed a deal to buy 17.5million kits.

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