‘He’s a believer now’: Ice-T pleads with fans to take COVID seriously as he shares photo of his ‘no-masker’ father-in-law on oxygen indefinitely
Ice-T is urging fans to take coronavirus seriously after his father-in-law contracted a serious case of the disease earlier this year.
‘My father-in-law “Coco’s dad” was a serious “No masker” COVID hit him,’ the actor tweeted on Sunday. ‘Pneumonia in both lungs… 40 days in the ICU close to death.. Now he’s on Oxygen indefinitely. Ohhh he’s a Believer now.. #COVIDisNotAGame.’
The 62-year-old shared a photo of his father-in-law Steve Austin in the hospital as a stark reminder of the toll of the deadly virus.
‘COVID is Not A Game’: Ice-T is urging fans to take coronavirus seriously after his father-in-law contracted a serious case of the disease earlier this year
The photo has been posted before, but the impact remained.
Austin has since been released from the hospital, and Ice-T has been sharing his story in order to remind fans of serious consequences of the disease.
However, he faced criticism from some who questioned why he was getting his father-in-law involved.
‘If I’m willing to use a family member that I love, as an example of someone coming close to death from a virus that I assume you think is fake.. And I’m trying to warn people.. Then it must be serious to me. Brandon you’ve got a lotta nerve..’ he tweeted at one Twitter user on Sunday.
‘I’m trying to warn people’: Ice-T posted the photo to warn followers about the severe consequences of the disease, yet he faced criticism from some who questioned why he was getting his father-in-law involved
Family matters: Ice-T shares five-year-old daughter Chanel with his wife Coco Austin
Ice-T has been candid about his father’s battle with the disease after initially shunning face masks, which are used to slow the spread of the disease.
‘I hate to say it, but Coco’s dad is a Harley-Davidson-riding, no-masking type of dude. And [COVID-19] put him on his back,’ he said on the The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon over the summer.
Austin was able to tough it out at home for nine days, but eventually went to the hospital after developing pneumonia in both longs.
Though he was eventually allowed to return home after a month under the care of doctors, he still has an uphill battle.
‘His lungs are damaged indefinitely’: Austin was able to tough it out at home for nine days, but eventually went to the hospital after developing pneumonia in both longs
‘His lungs are damaged indefinitely. COVID attacks your lungs, and it can really leave your lungs ruined,’ he warned.
The actor hopes to spare others pain and potential heartbreak by sharing Austin’s story online.
‘I put it on social media because there’s still nonbelievers… One guy wrote me and said, “You seem scared.” I’m like, “Yeah, I’m scared of your contaminated breath, OK? Is there a problem with that?”‘ he said.
‘I’m aware and I’m concerned and I’m cautious. You want to call that scared? Call it scared.’
Ice T and Coco have been married for 15 years and share five-year-old daughter Chanel together.
Doing his part: The actor hopes to spare others pain and potential heartbreak by sharing Austin’s story online
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