The family of a Western Australian police officer who suddenly collapsed and died from coronavirus have released an emotional statement.
The death of Ray Daniels, 73, on Thursday has left his family and colleges shocked. His son is a serving police officer.
“We as a family are completely devastated by the sudden death of our father, husband and grandfather. He was a very fit, healthy and active man with no known underlying health issues,” the statement released by WA Police read.
“He showed no real significant signs of being unwell until he collapsed at home on Wednesday morning. He died within 48 hours”.
The grieving family went on to warn the public over the dangers of COVID-19.
“Clearly, this virus does not discriminate and we never believed for one second that it would take him from us. Everybody needs to take this virus seriously and follow the health advice that is being given,” they cautioned.
Mr Daniels’ family thanked the local community for their messages of support and the medical staff who provided care to the beloved grandfather.
“I would like to thank the hundreds of people who have sent messages of support to us as a family in this very difficult period.
“Finally, we would like to thank the paramedics who conveyed him to the hospital and all the doctors and nurses at Joondalup Health campus who tried everything to save his life.”
Mr Daniels’ death brings WA’s coronavirus death toll to two and the country’s to 13.
There has been over 200 confirmed cases of coronavirus in WA and more than 3,160 in Australia.
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