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Tragic ‘gentle giant’ B&M worker dies day after testing positive for Covid

A "gentle giant" retail worker has died the day after testing positive for coronavirus.

Carl Handley, from Rhyl, north Wales, was described as a "funny, lovely and wonderful" man by his family, Wales Lives reports.

The 52-year-old, who worked at a B&M discount store, was also called a "gentle giant" by pals. He had symptoms of the deadly virus and was self-isolating, but was admitted to hospital after his breathing got worse last Friday.

He tested positive the next day but had been in contact with relatives telling them he was feeling better.

But he died on Sunday after suffering a heart attack while on a ventilator, leaving his relatives "devastated and shocked".

His niece Katie Williams said: "My uncle had been admitted to hospital on the Friday but had been in touch to say he was feeling better so it was a massive shock to find out he'd passed.

"We are urging people to realise that these restrictions are in place for a reason and not having a bit of normality for a while is a lot easier than losing a loved one.

"You can keep in contact with friends on FaceTime and you can always rebook holidays, you can’t replace loved ones.

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"He was a very lovely, family oriented, funny man who made time for anyone and was passionate about rock music."

A crowdfunding appeal has been launched to help the family pay for the funeral, with any extra costs going to the NHS.

It reads: "Sadly Carl Handley has grown his angel wings and flew to Heaven as he lost the battle against Covid-19, on the October 25, 2020 at the young age of 52.

"He tried to fight for all his worth and will be sadly missed by all that knew him especially his family, who are all in shock with his sudden death.

"His family have lost a big piece of a collective heart. Carl was a funny, lovely, wonderful brother, uncle, great uncle and a friend to many, who will be missed dearly."

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