Captain Tom Moore, the British World War II veteran who raised millions of pounds for health service workers on the frontline of the battle against COVID-19, has died aged 100, his family said on Tuesday.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our dear father, Captain Sir Tom Moore,” his daughters said in a statement.
— Captain Tom Moore (@captaintommoore) February 2, 2021
The centenarian caught the public’s imagination in April, when he was filmed doing laps with the help of a walking frame around his garden in the village of Marston Moretaine, north of London.
He hoped to raise 1,000 pounds. Instead, he raised more than 30 million ($41 million) for the National Health Service, broke two Guinness world records, was knighted by Queen Elizabeth, scored a No. 1 single, wrote an autobiography and helped set up a charity.
Capt. Tom Moore, the World War II veteran who walked into the hearts of a nation in lockdown as he shuffled up and down his garden to raise money for healthcare workers, has died after testing positive for COVID-19. He was 100.
— Globalnews.ca (@globalnews) February 2, 2021
The Queen will be sending a private message of condolence to the family, according to Buckingham Palace.
The Queen is sending a private message of condolence to the family of Captain Sir Tom Moore.
Her Majesty very much enjoyed meeting Captain Sir Tom and his family at Windsor last year. Her thoughts and those of the Royal Family are with them. pic.twitter.com/nl1krvoUlW
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) February 2, 2021
Moore was admitted to hospital last week after testing positive for COVID-19.
“The last year of our father’s life was nothing short of remarkable. He was rejuvenated and experienced things he’d only ever dreamed of,” his daughters said.
“Whilst he’d been in so many hearts for just a short time, he was an incredible father and grandfather, and he will stay alive in our hearts forever.”
British prime minister Boris Johnson and David Beckham are among those who have paid tribute to Moore online.
Captain Sir Tom Moore was a hero in the truest sense of the word. His legacy will long live after him. pic.twitter.com/0Zn56gThCC
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) February 2, 2021
We join the United Kingdom and the world in honoring the memory of Captain Sir Tom Moore, who inspired millions through his life and his actions. https://t.co/b2zUsZkHo3
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) February 2, 2021
Captain Sir Tom Moore. What a hero. You were a shining beacon of hope and an inspiration to us all when we needed it most. We thank you and salute you. Rest In Peace Sir. 🙏
— antanddec (@antanddec) February 2, 2021
RIP Captain Sir Tom Moore, 100.
A magnificent man.
A national hero.
In our darkest hour since WW2, he rallied
Britain with his resilience, courage and optimism.
Let us all heed his mantra in our own lives: ‘Tomorrow will be a good day.’
Thank you, Tom. pic.twitter.com/b0rZNfQfrI
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 2, 2021