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A games developer died of Covid after his intense phobia of needles prevented him from getting vaccinated.

Dad-of-two Stewart Gilray, 51, died on Thursday after contracting coronavirus in the middle of December, Daily Record reports.

The CEO of Just Add Water games development company was held in high regard for his decades-long career in the videogames industry.

Tributes have poured in for the bloke from Aberdeen, Scotland as he leaves behind son Elliot, 15, and Darcey, 3.

Hhis devastated wife Bec Gilray, 41, who is now pleading with people to overcome their fear of needles to avoid putting their lives at risk.

Bec said: "Stewart had a serious fear of needles. In all seriousness, in 25 years he had one blood test.

"He was fit. He could have lost a stone or two like the rest of us but he genuinely believed he was going to survive this virus because he was healthy.

"Before he was intubated he said to me 'there's nothing to worry about. I'm going to be fine. I just need a little rest.'"

Mr Gilray, who helped revitalise the Oddworld series, a video game adaption of Doctor Who and Sniper Elite VR, went into the hospital with low oxygen levels.

The dad-of-two posted a photo of a cannula in his hand and went from using an oxygen mask to being put on a ventilator.

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He wrote: "I'm not doing that great. The amount of oxygen they have me on to keep me over the magic 95% is the maximum.

"For those that know me well enough know I hate needles. This picture shows what I'm going through right now to fight this."

When Mr Gilray was first admitted, the virus seized upon a previously undiagnosed lung condition that scarred his lungs and robbed him of his ability to breathe on his own and he was eventually put into an induced coma.

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His heartbreaking final post was accompanied by a photo of him hooked up to an oxygen mask.

It read: "Well, for those that don't know yet, early last week I, and the rest of the family, tested positive for the old Covid.

"The kids have been fine for the most part but Bec and I have been hit the most, although judging from her own post on this subject she says I have and tbh she's likely not wrong."

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Paying tribute on Twitter, friend fellow developer Romero said: "It's hard to believe he's gone.

"Stewart Gilray was a good friend and always there whenever anyone needed him, including me.

"He was one of the good ones. I'm grateful for our friendship and thinking of his wife Bec, kids and many friends he's left behind."

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