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Captain Tom Moore, who raised millions for the NHS, dies aged 100

MARSTON MORETAINE, ENGLAND - In this handout image provided by Capture the Light Photography, Colonel Tom Moore and his daughter Hannah celebrate his 100th birthday, with an RAF flypast provided by a Spitfire and a Hurricane over his home on April 30, 2020 in Marston Moretaine, England. Colonel Moore, formerly a Captain, received a promotion in honour of his 100th birthday and in recognition of the funds, in excess of £29m, he raised for the NHS by walking laps of his garden. (Emma Sohl - Capture the Light Photography via Getty Images)

    (CNN) — Captain Tom Moore, the 100-year-old World War II veteran whose efforts to raise millions for the UK’s National Health Service made him a universally adored icon during the first wave of the Covid-19 outbreak, has died in hospital after himself contracting the disease, his family said Tuesday.

Known affectionately as Captain Tom, Moore raised almost £33 million ($45 million) by walking laps of his garden last year.

Moore was taken to a hospital on Sunday because of breathing problems after being treated for pneumonia, his family said.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our dear father, Captain Sir Tom Moore,” the family said in a statement to PA Media on Tuesday.

100-year-old Captain Tom knighted by Queen in personal ceremony

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