A kickboxing champion who denied he had COVID-19 has died after discharging himself from hospital.
Frederic Sinistra, 41, was at a facility in Liege, Belgium, with an oxygen tube in his nose.
He had posted pictures of him in his hospital bed on Facebook, replying to a comment three days prior to his passing
"Thank you for all your support," he wrote.
"I'm home recovering, as I should. I will come back a thousand times stronger.”
Sinistra was admitted into hospital thanks to his coach Osman Yigin ahead of a scheduled fight on December 4.
He reportedly discharged himself in order to treat his symptoms at home in Ciney, Belgium.
It was there where he died. Sinistra's wife confirmed his passing on Facebook on 16 December, writing: “From the bottom of my heart thank you all for your support and all your wonderful tributes to my husband.
"My husband was a generous man with a big heart who wanted to help others no matter what."
On social media Sinistra had referred to COVID-19 as ‘the little virus’ and ‘hair flu’, and was highly critical of government measures such as mask mandates and vaccine passports due to the emergence of the Omicron variant.
He had not been vaccinated himself, according to reports.
It's said his coach had refused to work with him unless he got checked out for his symptoms, as per SudInfo.
Nicknamed the Undertaker, the heavyweight was 39-9 in his kickboxing career and won a national title in 2004.
He leaves behind two children, Celia and Diego.
Featured Image Credit: Instagram/@fred_sinistra
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