DJ, 40, dies from coronavirus days after posting hospital bed recovery photo

A popular DJ and football club secretary has died aged only 40 after contracting coronavirus.

Danny Sharma from Uxbridge in west London had been admitted to hospital just days earlier, and on Tuesday he posted a picture of himself in hospital on Facebook.

Sharing the picture of himself giving a thumbs up and attached to a hospital respirator, the 40-year-old wrote: "Day four update — looks nice out of the window wish I was still participating in the Vitamin D.

"Finding [it] hard to breath [but] still fighting."

On Monday, Danny – who goes by the name DJ Dan – updated his Facebook friends, telling them he was in intensive care in Hammersmith having tests and X-rays.

He first reported it on Monday, posting: "My life really sucks! Can't believe I got the coronavirus."

Tributes have been paid to Danny on social media.

The Middlesex FA's official Twitter account tweeted: "We have been informed that former MFA Councillor, Middlesex County Sunday League Official and Club Secretary for Hardmondsworth FC, Danny Sharma passed away Thursday morning after contracting coronavirus."

Sandgate FC, who play in Harmondsworth's league, tweeted on their account: "It comes with great sadness to hear about the passing of Danny Sharma.

"Us at Sandgate FC send our condolences to his family and friends during this time.

"A man that has gone above and beyond for the game we love."

Another Twitter user wrote: "First person I actually know died from coronavirus this morning… RIP Danny Sharma so sad he was a year older than me."

Under Danny's final Facebook post, heartbroken friends and family also paid tribute to him.

Rob Groves commented: "RIP Danny, was a selfless person that was a massive part of Middlesex Sunday League football.

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"Also the charity work he would do for the homeless. Such sad news. Thoughts are with your family."

Errol McKie added: "I'm absolutely devastated to be reading this Dan you had a heart of gold. You reached out to me to help with the Help The Homeless work, I'll never forget that bro.

"All energy love and thoughts are with your family and loved ones right now. Sleep well, soldier."

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It comes as the UK coronavirus death toll rose to 578 after 115 people died in a single day.

On Thursday night at 8pm, millions of Brits applauded NHS staff together, mirroring similar actions in France, Spain and elsewhere.

Across the UK, people came out into their gardens, onto their balconies or opened their windows to pay respects to the heroic NHS workers helping to battle the pandemic.

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