Captain Sir Tom Moore, the 100-year-old British veteran who became a national hero after raising millions for frontline pandemic workers by walking laps in his garden, has died after being diagnosed with coronavirus last week.
Moore’s death was announced in a post on his Twitter account Tuesday afternoon.
Moore was being treated at Bedford Hospital near his home in Bedfordshire, and according to a Monday statement from the hospital, had been permitted visits from his family.
Already ill with a case of pneumonia, Moore tested positive for coronavirus last week, his daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore said over the weekend, but was only admitted to the hospital Sunday when he had trouble breathing.
Moore will be remembered for raising $45 million for the National Health Service’s frontline pandemic workers by asking for donations to walk 100 laps in his front yard before his 100th birthday in April.
Initially, Moore only aimed to raise roughly $1,200, but his pledge soon went viral, allowing him to donate more than $45 million thanks to donations from around 1.5 million people.
In July, Queen Elizabeth II knighted Moore in one of her first public appearances after entering quarantine last year.
Moore was born April 30, 1920 in Keighley, just outside of Bradford in Yorkshire, England, where his father was a construction worker and his mother was a school principal. When he was 20 years old, Moore was conscripted into the British Army at the onset of World War II. He was stationed in India and Burma, now called Myanmar. After leaving the army, he worked in roofing supply sales and as a managing director for a concrete company. Moore was preceded in death by his wife, Pamela, who he was married to for nearly 40 years until her death in 2006. He is survived by his two daughters, Hannah Ingram-Moore and Lucy Teixeira.