‘Healthy’ Liverpool FC fan dad, 59, dies after catching covid

A dad who doted on his two daughters died with multiple organ failure after a month long battle with coronavirus.

Paul Dennett, 59, from Walton Village died on Sunday, February 28, at the Royal Liverpool Hospital after his health had appeared to be improving.

He was diagnosed with coronavirus early in February after developing symptoms.

His daughter Lucy, 26, told the ECHO : “We weren’t worried at all, he was healthy. He seemed fine at first but when he was supposed to be going back to work but he wasn’t getting any better.

“About 10 days in we went to his house to drop off some food and he hadn’t answered the phone for a day or two and all the lights were off. So then we got a bit worried.

“We called 111 and they sent an ambulance around for him.

“They said he needed to go to hospital but even then they said it was ‘just to be careful’.”

After a few days in hospital, Paul’s condition rapidly started to deteriorate and the decision was made to put him on a ventilator.

The treatment appeared to be working, and after a week the staff decided to bring Paul around and took him off the ventilator.

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On Thursday, February 28, Lucy and her sister Haley, 28, were able to talk to their dad on the phone.

She said: “He couldn’t speak back due to the tube in his throat but they told us he smiled and mouthed ‘I love you’.”

Lucy told the ECHO her dad seemed to be doing so well they booked him a holiday in the Lake District for later in the year as they were convinced he would be coming home.

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But Paul’s health took a dramatic turn for the worse.

Lucy said: “They noticed his liver and his kidneys started to fail. And then he got a secondary infection from the ventilator.

Paul died in the intensive care unit in hospital on Sunday, February 28.

Paul Dennett, 59, from Walton Village died of multiple organ failure after a month long battle with coronavirus. Paul with daughter Haley (left) and Lucy (right).
Paul with daughter Haley (left) and Lucy (right).
(Image: Lucy Dennett)

Lucy said: “He had no underlying conditions we knew of at the time. They said he had a few conditions but none that were related to his death. They said this would have happened anyway.”

A friend has set up a fundraising page on Go Fund Me to help the family pay for Paul’s funeral costs.

You can donate to the fundraiser set up in Paul’s name by clicking here

Lucy added: “It’s hard, we’re still in shock. We were the only people he had and he loved us so much.

“He was a musician and loved playing the guitar and he loved The Beatles and Liverpool Football Club.

Paul Dennett, 59, from Walton Village died of multiple organ failure after a month long battle with coronavirus. Paul lived for music and loved to play the guitar.
Paul lived for music and loved to play the guitar.
(Image: Lucy Dennett)

“His life was music, he didn’t have many friends but he had us.

“He had quite a hard life and only in the last few years he was employed.

“The only thing he owned was a motorbike that he bought five months ago and that was the one thing we didn’t want to sell.

“He was so proud of his bike the last thing I want to do is get rid of it.

“I think I’m going to learn to ride it. Everyone laughs at me but I think my dad would be made up.”

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