The Irish UFC fighter Conor McGregor has clarified that his aunt did not die of coronavirus infection after he appeared to say in a previous social media post that she died of the infection.
In a lengthy and emotional statement on Instagram, McGregor announced that while he was at a TV studio in Dublin preparing for an appearance on a morning talk show to promote his whiskey brand, Proper No 12, he got a call that his “lovely little auntie Anne had passed away.”
The news upset the mixed martial arts fighter so much that he launched into an angry tirade on Instagram, denouncing coronavirus:
“I couldn’t go live anymore. My poor little friendly loving auntie. My mother’s sister. This stupid f**king virus. What the f**k is happening… Thank f**k! Lord thank you. Stay tight people! We are all we got. Rest in Peace Anne Moore I love you.”
Read the full statement below:
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Ireland you amazing, amazing country. I believe we have this virus contained. And through this containment, we actually may have gone and contained them all. The good habits we will have now gained from this wild covid-19 attack will see us too strong in future. Hand hygiene. Touching of own face hygiene. Consistent thorough cleaning of handled areas hygiene. What we should really be all doing anyway. I have always been on with my hand hygiene. But not enough. If I think of all the people approaching to shake hands and what not. I often get people say to me please I don’t want a picture, just let me shake your hand. And I’m like yes friend thank you. As it’s more efficient than taking a full picture. But it’s too careless. And too frequent. Touching my own hand to my face as well. Too unaware of the frequency I’d do it. Until now. I’d train my ass off, to the point of low immunity. It’s inevitable with the intensity of the training. The immune system will be tested. I would float around in this manner, and always end up catching little colds and flus. I feel bullet proof right now though! I’m switched on like a motherfucker now. Stay vigilant on our personal hygiene people. And our personal space. God speed to us all ❤️ We are not there yet but we are well on our way. On our way in a big way! To the people of the world. We will do this! We are doing this! It’s done. We did it. Congratulations! Oh And it’s summer time now too. Wow! Oh and Who am I fighting. … These photos are from a few days ago at a studio in Dublin’s City centre. I was to announce to the world my @properwhiskey donation to @Tunnel2Towers. A great day! A proud day, I brought my family with me to the studio. Sitting in the chair about to beam live to all the U.S morning talk shows, I get a phone call telling me that my lovely little auntie Anne had passed away. I couldn’t go live anymore. My poor little friendly loving auntie. My mother’s sister. This stupid fucking virus. What the fuck is happening. I took my family to bull island. Looked out at the sea. Took a deep breath. Thank fuck! Lord thank you 🙏 Stay tight people! We are all we got ❤️ Rest in Peace Anne Moore I love you
McGregor later took to social media to say his aunt did not die of coronavirus
After the emotional outburst on Saturday, Conor McGregor later took to social media to say that his aunt did not die from coronavirus, but he did not confirm the cause of the death of his aunt, Anne Moore.
“I am grateful for the kind wishes and sympathy for my Auntie’s passing. I want to clear up that it has been confirmed she was not a victim of coronavirus. As we prepare for her funeral I know that many of us will confront the virus in the weeks ahead.”
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I am grateful for the kind wishes and sympathy for my Auntie’s passing. I want to clear up that it has been confirmed she was not a victim of coronavirus. As we prepare for her funeral I know that many of us will confront the virus in the weeks ahead As I gather with my family I ask you all to make an extra effort to be there for friends and family during the stressful days ahead And from my family, thank you for your support at this sad time ❤️ 🙏
The coronavirus outbreak in Ireland
McGregor’s emotional outburst on Instagram comes as the BBC reported that 129 cases of coronavirus infection have been confirmed in the Republic of Ireland as of March 14, representing an increase of 39 cases in 24 hours. The first cases of community transmission of the infection were also reported on Friday in Northern Ireland.
After images emerged on social media showing people packed close together in Irish pubs and clubs, the government announced it was considering banning mass indoor gatherings of more than a hundred people.
Outdoor gatherings of more than 500 people have already been banned. Schools were closed in Ireland on Thursday and will remain close until March 29, the Daily Mail reported.
Meanwhile, according to the latest stats from Worldometer, 162, 593 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed worldwide as of March 15, 14:35 GMT (10:35 a.m. ET), with 6,069 deaths. The U.S. has 3,083 confirmed cases and a total of 60 deaths.
You can learn how to protect yourself from coronavirus infection here.
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