‘Covid sceptic’ dad dies after ‘wishing he could turn back time to get jab’

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A 34-year-old vaccine sceptic dad who said he 'wished he had his jab' has died of coronavirus.

Yorkshire father and football coach Matthew Keenan is already missed throughout the Bradford community he called home.

Friends referred to him as "the life of a party" and "a devoted dad and a fantastic friend".

Matthew's story became widely known earlier this month when he gave consultant Leanne Cheyne permission to share his regrets about not being jabbed, while he received urgent care.

By then Matthew was in a bad way, with Dr Leanne saying he was "fighting for his life" and reliant on a ventilator.

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Cheyne tweeted on July 11: "Matthew has agreed for me to share his story.

"34, footie coach & dad. Self-confessed vaccine skeptic until he caught Covid, if he could turn back time he would.

"Our sickest patients are unvaccinated & under 40. Matthew is fighting for his life. Save yours #GetVaccinated #GrabAJab"

Despite the valiant efforts of doctors at Bradford Royal Infirmary, Matthew died on Monday.

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Liverpool fan Matthew was remembered by scores of friends and colleagues throughout Bradford.

A spokesman for Bradford's Sunday league said: "Wow a shock this morning, waking up to the devastating news that Matthew Keenan has passed away. Such a top lad gone too soon.

"Respected by everyone. My heart goes out to all his family at this sad time RIP big man and sleep tight."

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Bradford rappers Bad Boy Chiller Crew wrote on Facebook: "Can't believe we're writing this but Bradford has lost an absolute legend."

And a spokesman for mental health support group The Speak In Club added: "Absolutely gutted to hear of the passing of my mate Matthew Keenan.

"Genuinely one of the nicest people you will ever meet and the life and soul of everything.

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"He lit up everywhere he stepped.

"Fly high, my brother. You Will Never Walk Alone."

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