Couple hold hands as they die of coronavirus within four minutes of each other – Latest News


They both contracted Covid-19 at roughly the same time, about a month ago.

Johnny Lee Peoples, 67, and his wife, Cathy Darlene Peoples, 65, were holding hands in their last moments at the Novant Health Rowan Regional Medical Centre in Salisbury, North Carolina.

Shane Peoples, the grief-stricken son of Johnny Lee and Cathy Peoples, said that Covid-19 is ‘not a joke…not a hoax’ and urged people to take more precautions

Johnny Lee Peoples, 67, and his wife Cathy had been together for the better part of 50 years

‘They were married 48 years, been together 50, they walked hand in hand for those 50 years,’ their son said

The couple married in 1972

Shane expressed his sadness that his parents wouldn’t get to watch their grandchildren growing up, or see them graduate

The couple died hand-in-hand

“About two weeks later they were both put in the ICU. Everything just went south, everything just got worse.”

A loving couple who had been married for over 48 years died within moments of each other after catching coronavirus.

Shane Peoples, their son, told WBTV that they had initially been suffering the classic Covid symptoms: “It was mainly the fever and loss of taste.

He added that conspiracy theories about the virus would end up costing more lives: “It’s not a joke. It’s not a hoax,” he said. “I just don’t anyone else to get hurt. I don’t anyone to feel the grief that we’re feeling.”

“They put them in the same room, same ICU room,” Shane said. “They put their hands together, the nurses gathered around and they passed within four minutes of each other.”

As Johnny and Cathy’s conditions deteriorated, hospital staff moved them into the same room so they could comfort each other in their final moments.

Shane went on to post a loving tribute to his parents on Facebook.

“They both loved their family very much and did anything and everything they could possibly do for them. Their love for family was greatest when it came to their grandchildren, nine of them in total. They wanted the best for their grandchildren, they would go out of their way just to make each one of them feel special. I had some pretty darn awesome parents.

“I told myself when I started this, I would not do so in anger, but for the love they inspired me to give.

It read: “We were cheated. The lives of Mum and Dad were stolen by a virus that many joke about on a daily basis or just straight out believe it’s a hoax of some sort. Both of them took this pandemic seriously and still got sick, still died…

“I miss them so very much. I’m not sure how I’m going to deal without being about to talk to them every night on my ride home from work or not being able to send them pictures and videos of my family.

“I’ll never be able to hug them, again. I’ll never hear Mum sing happy birthday to anyone, again. I’ll never see them smile when they see [their grandchildren]Liam and Ava come in the room.

Johnny Lee Peoples, 67, and his wife Cathy had been together for the better part of 50 years


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