WWII veteran, 101, who was born during Spanish flu dies two weeks after recovering from coronavirus – The Sun

A WORLD War II veteran aged 101 has died two weeks after leaving hospital where he had apparently recovered from coronavirus.

Alberto Bellucci was born was born in the middle of the Spanish Flu pandemic in 1919 and appeared to have won his latest battle against Covid-19.

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But he died at home in Rimini, northern Italy, on April 9, two days after his 101st birthday.

Granddaughter Elisa said: “He was not alone when it happened. He managed to say ‘hi’ to his grandchildren too, a ‘hi’ using his hand in a video call”.

His cause of death was not clear, but local media report he has been weakened by coronavirus.

Elisa said he “fought until the end” and when he felt his strength diminishing he called all his grandchildren with the help of his daughter Loretta.

He reportedly stayed positive throughout his battle with the disease and died next to his wife and daughter.

Elisa added: “We talked with doctors in the last days to find out if it was better to have him hospitalised again.

“We agreed to the option of having him stay at home, as being hospitalised again would not have improved his situation and my grandfather would not have been fine.

“It was the death he wanted. With all the drama we are living through, we could not have wished anything better for him.”


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Alberto was one of Italy's oldest known coronavirus survivors when he was discharged from hospital at the end of March.

The former builder fought in World War II and was reportedly captured three times by German forces but managed to escape on each occasion.

"We were sure he would make it because he has always had a very strong constitution," his granddaughter Elisa said after he was discharged.

Vice-Mayor of Rimini, Gloria Lisi, said at the time: “He saw everything; war, hungry, pain, progress, crisis and resurrections.”


Italy has been the worst-hit country in Europe and now has almost 20,000 coronavirus deaths, although yesterday's rise of 431 was the lowest for three weeks.

The country's oldest Covid-19 survivor Ada Zanusso, 104, is said to be on the mend after battling the virus.

The oldest in the world is believed to be Cornelia Ras, who fell ill the day after her 107th birthday but recovered in Holland.

Britain's oldest survivor Keith Watson, 101, gave a thumbs up with nurses as he left hospital last week in Worcestershire.

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