Heartbroken son's coronavirus warning after dad dies from disease

A man from Cornwall is urging people to take coronavirus seriously after his father lost his life to the disease.

Phil Champion died at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Treliske after testing positive for Covid-19.

His son Tom has since spoken out to pay tribute, but also warn others about the potentially fatal consequences of ignoring the latest advice from the Government.

Phil and his wife Viv. Credit: Cornwall Live

Mr Champion was much-loved in the St Austell and Fowey area.

The 68-year-old was a keen Morris dancer, and Tom said he was “very active” for someone of his age.

Phil was a keen Morris dancer. Credit: Cornwall Live

In a poignant post on their website, Trigg Morris also paid tribute to Phil, describing him as a “firm friend” and “well-respected dancer”.

The group said: "It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Phil Champion after a long fight with the COVID-19 virus.

“Phil was a well-respected dancer with Tywardreath Morris and Trigg and our squire 2017-18. Phil's career with Trigg will long be remembered with great affection, and all our thoughts are with Viv and the family at this very sad time."

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