Buddy Baker, a longtime NFL agent, lost both of his parents to COVID-19 within minutes of each other. The couple, who had been married for 51 years, passed away last Sunday and now Baker is using his family’s tragedy to reiterate the seriousness of the global coronavirus pandemic.
In a widely shared Twitter video, Baker shared the devastating news. “My parents recently contracted COVID-19 and unfortunately passed away this past Sunday due to complications,” Baker said in the video. “My parents were amazing people. They were married 51-plus years, and they passed away six minutes apart … Just a few weeks ago, they were in perfect health.”
The death of his parents drove Baker to urge others to abide by social distancing and stay-at-home guidelines from public health officials. “We live in a world of, ‘It can’t happen to me, it can’t happen to us, it can’t happen to my family.’ Well, it happened to us,” he said. “I’d like to take this time to make people start thinking about making a change.”
He continued, “Sometimes people — especially young people — can feel like they’re immune to something or invincible. That’s simply not the case. It’s not the easy choice, but it’s the right choice. It’s the safe choice. Hopefully, this can be a catalyst for a change.”
Prayers for the Baker family and all directly affected by tragedy due to Coronavirus. Stay well and stay safe everyone!