A TV magician has died of Covid after refusing to get the vaccine because his wife was “too afraid” of being stabbed.
Tony Jr., who appeared on Channel 4’s reality show Seasiders, was hospitalized at the start of his month after contracting the virus.
The artist documented his battle with the disease on social media, saying that no one in the intensive care ward had received a jab.
He wrote on August 15: “I am writing this only because anyone who is apprehensive about a vaccine, you need to know what your alternative might be.”
South Tyneside Council confirmed his death on Monday, honoring a magician who “brought smiles to the faces of many children and families.”
Tony Jr (pictured at the hospital), who appeared on the reality show Seasiders, has documented his battle with the disease on social media, saying no one on his ward received a jab.
Junior wrote on Facebook: “Everyone who is anxious has their own story. I’m not preaching, I’m just telling you my experiences.
“It’s Russian roulette. Take the vaccine or take your chances with Covid.
In the intensive care ward, none of us got an injection. I didn’t get it because Mrs. J was very anxious, so she was waiting for her to be ready. Now she’s hitting herself every night since I’ve been to the hospital despite my reassurances.
“In the Covid ward, many of the old men were twice as old, and all who have gone home since I arrived – had both stabs.
In his last post on August 18, the children’s artist said he is in a “critical phase” with a “very low level of oxygen” in his blood.
Honors have now flowed to the beloved artist, who has been described as a “very good friend” and “a first-class professional artist”.
Mr. Jr. began working in the entertainment business in 1985 as a Redcoat from Butlin before appearing in the Seasiders in the 1990s.
Known for his whimsical style and “Aloha” tagline, he has spent more than three decades organizing hundreds of events across the Northeast.
Mr. Junior (pictured above) began working in entertainment in 1985 as a Butlin Redcoat before appearing on Channel 4’s Seasiders in the 1990s.
Honors have now flowed to the beloved artist, who has been described as a “very good friend” and “a first-class professional artist.”
James Peat, Secretary of the Newcastle Magic Circle, said: “Tony was a professional artist of the highest order. He was a teacher, a wonderful magician, but above all, he was our very best friend.
NMC would not have been the thriving club it is today without the passion and enthusiasm of Tony.
“Tony spent many years serving on the board as our secretary in which time he helped grow the club and all of its members.”
He added: “Tony has always been one of the biggest and brightest personalities in all of our meetings and has played a vital role in all of our successes.
From offering encouragement to our new members to providing support to elderly members who are no longer able to attend meetings.
From creating strong ties with other magical clubs and societies around the world to reshaping and hosting our annual dinner, Tony has been at the heart of it all.
South Tyneside Council confirmed his death on Monday, honoring the wizard (above, with his dog Harry) who ‘brought smiles to the faces of many children and families’
Tony was very loved by everyone who knew him as evidenced by the many, many acclaims sent by magicians and artists from all over the world.
“TJ will be greatly missed by all of us and his memory and spirit will continue to live on through NMC.”
South Tyneside Mayor, Chancellor Pat Hay . said Shields Newspaper: ‘Tony was highly respected in the entertainment industry and was very well liked by South Tyneside fans.
As a favorite on our annual events program, it has brought smiles to the faces of many children and families over the years.
“We will definitely miss his great performances full of fun, games, magic and mayhem.”
Mr. Junior is survived by his wife Claire and a fundraiser has been set up in his memory for the Bryson Animal Shelter.