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Celebrity Dad, Ice T Reminds All About The Severity Of COVID-19 As He Shares His ‘No-masker’ Father-in-law’s Near-death Experience With The Deadly Virus

American rapper and dad, Ice-T has issued a warning to people who might not be taking COVID-19 seriously.

The 62-year-old did so by sharing a photo of his father-in-law, Steve Austin, in the hospital as a stark reminder of the toll of the deadly virus.

Steve had struggled with the virus earlier this year after being against the use of masks, and was in the ICU and now has to be on oxygen indefinitely. The actor tweeted on Sunday:

”My father-in-law “Coco’s dad” was a serious “No masker” COVID hit him. 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.”

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.

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Ice-T has been candid about his father-in-law’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. 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.’

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Coco shared an updated about her father’s health in August, who had been in the ICU and lost 30 pounds after he became ill with the virus on Father’s Day in June.

Covid aftermath…My dad made it back home! He is covid free but is still dealing with damaged lungs that covid leaves behind.. He is bound to an oxygen machine till who knows when but is very lucky ..He said being in the hospital for a month was like jail,”

she shared on Instagram at the time.

“No windows No visitors and laying in one spot and not being able to walk around was getting to him.. He also adds you could hear people moan in pain during the night and some people weren’t making it ..So sad .”

In June, she shared the news with her fans, warning them to take it more seriously.

“My, tough as an ox dad, the one that never goes to the doctor, the one that doesn’t even take tylenol for pain, the one that never EVER gets sick, where talking about the original Steve Austin (cuz tha’ts his real name) is in the ICU requiring oxygen for #covid19,”

she captioned an Instagram photo of them together.

“He is having trouble breathing and feels like he is being stabbed with pins throughout his body .. For all the people that say it can’t happen to your family..think again.”

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