Tony Junior had a ‘big and bright personality’ (Picture: GoFundMe)
Tony Junior, a magician and entertainer who appeared on reality TV, has died from Covid-19.
In the 1990s, Tony starred in Seasiders, a reality show about holiday parks that aired on Channel 4, having worked as the resident professional entertainer for Haven Holidays at Primrose Valley Holiday Centre from 1993 to 1997.
It has emerged that on Saturday, Tony died after testing positive for coronavirus.
Statements released by Tynedale Beer Festival and the Newcastle Magic Circle have paid homage to the entertainer, who is said to have had a ‘friendly, happy character and boundless enthusiasm’.
A fundraising page on GoFundMe has also been set up for his wife, Claire, on which a statement from the late performer has been shared urging members of the public to be vaccinated.
Steve Keys, compere of Tynedale Beer Festival and a peer of Tony’s, said: ‘Tony was always heard before he was seen and always surrounded by laughter. We worked together on many events including the festival and his smile was as big as the marquee. That smile will be how we all remember him most.’
The statement from the festival outlined that Tony had been in hospital since the beginning of August being treated for Covid-19.
The tribute from the Newcastle Magic Circle said that Tony had taken on the role of secretary for the council for several years, stating: ‘Tony Junior will leave an impossibly large hole in the lives of everyone who knew him.’
‘Tony was always one of the biggest and brightest personalities at all of our meetings and played a vital role in all of our successes,’ it said.
The organisation said that Tony was ‘so loved by all that knew him’, adding: ‘TJ will be dearly missed by us all and his memory and spirit will continue to live on through the NMC’.
On the fundraising page set up for Tony’s family, it said that during lockdown, the late entertainer organised free Zoom lectures, which featured magicians known on a global scale.
It also included some words from Tony, which read: ‘I don’t want sympathy, positivity only…I’m only writing this because anyone apprehensive about the vaccine, you need to know what could be your alternative.
‘Everyone who is apprehensive has their story. I’m not preaching, just letting you know of my experiences.
‘It’s a game of Russian Roulette. You take the vaccine or take your chances with covid.’
In his statement, Tony said that no one on the Critical Care Ward of his hospital had the coronavirus vaccine.
Credit: Original article published here.