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 August 26

by Carolina


Édgar Ramírez is opening up about the toll COVID-19 has taken on his family in Venezuela.

The “Jungle Cruise” actor, 44, took to Instagram Wednesday to reveal that both his aunt and uncle died from COVID-19 over the weekend, within 24 hours of each other.

“We had not yet collected my aunt’s ashes when we were due to incinerate my uncle’s body,” he wrote. 

The next day, he said, another aunt’s relative also died after months of battling COVID-19 complications.

Ramírez said his grandmother and agent also succumbed to the virus earlier this year.

“My heart just can’t take any more pain,” Ramírez wrote. “It’s been weeks and weeks of my family being played, tortured and jerked around by this cruel, treacherous and violent disease which mercilessly ended up killing them all.”

He added that none of his relatives who died from COVID-19 had access to a vaccine in Venezuela. Meanwhile, he says, thousands of vaccine doses in the United States have gone to waste because “a large number of people don’t want them.”

“It breaks my heart that so many people in this country are willing to snub the very vaccine my family would have taken in an instant,” he wrote. “As my family and millions of people go through the nightmare of losing their loved ones because there aren’t enough vaccines in the rest of the world, my hope is that anyone who can get vaccinated, do so today.”

Ramírez then urged his followers to watch his video interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci about the Delta variant of COVID-19, booster shots and mask guidelines. The actor said he hopes the interview “can serve as a starting point for a conversation with the people in your life who are hesitant about getting vaccinated.”

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Original posted at www.usatoday.com

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