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Tuesday 26th May 2020

Longleat owner Lord Bath dies of coronavirus aged 87

He was admitted to hospital on March 28

The owner of Longleat Safari Park, Alexander Thynn, has died from coronavirus aged 87.

Lord Bath died on Saturday, April 4, after being admitted to hospital in Bath on March 28.

Longleat issued a heartbreaking statement to Twitter on Sunday, April 5, to confirm the news.

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Longleat's statement

The statement read: "It is with the deepest sadness we have to announce Lord Bath has died at the age of 87.

"Alexander Thynn, 7th Marquess of Bath, passed away on Saturday.

"He was admitted to the Royal United Hospital in Bath on March 28 where it was confirmed he had the coronavirus."

It continued: "The family would like to express their great appreciation for the dedicated team of nurses, doctors and other staff who cared so professionally and compassionately for Alexander in these extremely difficult times for everyone.

"They would politely request a period of privacy to deal with their loss."

Followers expressed their sadness and offered their condolences.

Fans' condolences

One person said: "Sad news, thoughts are with the family."

Another wrote: "Very sad. He was such a wonderful character when he made the odd appearance on Animal Park."

A third added: "Such sad news. Thoughts are with the family and the entire Longleat team."

The death toll in the UK reached 4,313 on Saturday after a further 708 people died from coronavirus.

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NHS England has said a five-year-old child - who had underlying health problems - was one of victims to have died after testing positive for the deadly bug.

Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove paid tribute to the child during the government's daily press conference.

He said: "Our thoughts today are also with the family of the five-year-old child with underlying health conditions who’s tragically died."

The number of confirmed cases have also risen from 38,168 to 41,903 as Brits continue in lockdown.

The Health Secretary Matt Hancock has warned all exercise could be banned if people don't start following Government guidelines.

He also told Sky News: "To the very small minority who are continuing to flout the guidance - you are putting others lives at risk and you are putting yourself in harms way."

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