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Captain Sir Tom Moore dies at 100 after contracting COVID-19

Captain Moore became a household name in 2020 after raising more than £30 million for the NHS.

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Captain Sir Tom Moore, who raised more than £30 million (R620 million) for NHS charities at the start of lockdown back in 2020, passed away on Tuesday 2 February, just two days after being taken to the Bedford Hospital.

Moore was admitted after testing positive for COVID-19 and received treatment for pneumonia. As reported by BBC News, Moore couldn’t receive the COVID-19 vaccine due to the medication he was taking for pneumonia.

Captain Sir Tom Moore dies: What we know

Moore’s loved ones asks for privacy at this time in order to “grieve quietly as a family and remember the wonderful 100 years” he had.

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In this file photo taken on April 16, 2020 British World War II veteran Captain Tom Moore poses with his walking frame doing a lap of his garden in the village of Marston Moretaine, 50 miles north of London. Photos AFP/Justin Tallis

Cause of death

Captain Sir Moore was admitted into hospital on Sunday, 31 January. He was being treated for pneumonia for several of weeks before testing positive for COVID-19.

His daughters – Hannah Ingram-Moore and Lucy Teixeira – confirmed the veteran’s passing and said in the statement that they spend his final moments sharing “laughter and tears”.

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A birthday message for Captain Tom Moore is displayed on the advertising boards in Piccadilly Circus in London on April 30, 2020. Photo: AFP/Tolga Akmen

“It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our dear father, Captain Sir Tom Moore. We are so grateful that we were with him during the last hours of his life […] on FaceTime”.

Ingram-Moore and Teixeira said their father received extraordinary care from the NHS and his carers, adding that staff had been “unfalteringly professional, kind and compassionate”.

Captain Sir Tom Moore legacy

Captain Sir Tom Moore: Beloved fundraiser

Captain Moore rose to fame in 2020 after raising more than £30 million for the United Kingdom National Health Service (NHS). The then-99-year-old Moore began walking around his garden, hoping to raise £1 000 (R20 500) for NHS Charities Together.

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Queen Elizabeth II uses the sword that belonged to her father, George VI as she confers the Honour of Knighthood on Captain Tom Moore Windsor on 17 July 2020. Photo: AFP/Chris Jackson

However, he stole the nation’s hearts. By the time he celebrated his 100th birtday on 30 April 2020, Moore had raised a total of £32.8 million (R670 million). When that figure surpassed £38.9 million, Moore was awarded a knighthood from the Queen.

“The last year of our father’s life was nothing short of remarkable. He was rejuvenated and experienced things he’d only ever dreamed of. Over the past few days, our father spoke a great deal about the last 12 months and how proud he felt at being able to leave behind the growing legacy of his Foundation.

Tributes pour in for Captain Sir Tom Moore

Tributes flooded in from across the UK on Tuesday. Queen Elizabeth II, who awarded him a knighthood last year, sent a private message to his family. The statement read:

“Her Majesty very much enjoyed meeting Captain Sir Tom and his family at Windsor last year. Her thoughts and those of the Royal Family are with them”.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, tweeted: “A true national hero. When we all needed a lift during the first lockdown @CaptainTomMoore was there to show us that anything is possible”.

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A selection of over 125 000 birthday cards sent to Captain Tom Moore for his 100th birthday on 30 April 2020, displayed in the Great Hall of Bedford School. Photos AFP/Justin Tallis

In addition, Prime Minister Boris Johnson called Moore “not just a national inspiration but a beacon of hope for the world” as well as “a hero in the truest sense of the word”. Johnson said:

“In the dark days of the Second World War he fought for freedom and in the face of this country’s deepest post-war crisis he united us all, he cheered us all up, and he embodied the triumph of the human spirit”.

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