Friends and family have paid tribute to a ‘bubbly and bright’ Walsall teenager who died just 48hrs after being diagnosed with Covid.
Professional wrestler Cameron Wellington, a former Walsall College student, died on Thursday with mum Jane and dad Norman at his side.
The 19-year-old, from Walsall, had only been diagnosed with the virus on Tuesday, November 17.
He had been dropped at Walsall Manor Hospital by his mum on Wednesday after suffering breathing difficulties. Shortly after she received a call from staff saying his oxygen levels had plummeted and he ‘wasn’t expected to last an hour’.
Cam, as he was known, was put on dialysis and placed in ITU, before being rushed to Glenfield Hospital in Leicester for specialist care.
Surgeons operated on his heart but the much-loved teen died shortly afterwards on Thursday afternoon with his devastated parents by his side.
Friends of Cameron have since taken to social media to pay tribute in the wake of his death.
In an emotional post on Facebook, heartbroken pal Matt Powell wrote: “I am completely numb but need to pay tribute to a warrior. RIP to my mate Cam Wellington.
“Cam had been with us at PWL/Darlaston Wrestling Club since he was a child in our kids class, then to our adults class.
“Cam was a bright, loyal, wonderful young man, who said what he saw and said what he felt. He was one of the lads, partied has hard as he wrestled, a throwback to a better time.
“He was an amazing wrestler.
“A trainee, a colleague, a fellow party animal, a friend. He is one of us.
“Think of him tonight, raise a Newcastle for him if you can, 19 is no age.
“Wrestle in peace. King of the division.”
Mum Jane posted on Facebook: “He was a special lad and will always be missed.
“Please don’t remember him with sadness. Remember him with a smile and a cheeky grin.”
She previously told BirminghamLive : “We as a family are totally heartbroken and yet immensely proud of him. He put up a massive fight.
“Before lockdown he was in talks to travel to Japan for his wrestling.
“He had a cracking career ahead of him and he was a hugely talented artist. He was good at every single thing he turned his hand to.”
HCW Championship Wrestling said on Facebook: “With a very heavy heart I pass on the news that an exciting young pro wrestling prospect from the Black Country has passed away.
“Cam Wellington was just 19 years of age.
“Cam wrestled here in HCW when he was just 17 and had a great personality and work ethic.
“Cam came to us via the PWL promotion run by Matt Powell. HCW’s Jonny Rose said ‘We were running an outdoor summer show at Brintons Park in Kidderminster and I was looking for a suitable opponent’.
“‘I asked Matt who would be ideal. Without hesitation Cam was said and he didn’t let us down’.
Reece Marklew posted on Facebook: “He was fit and healthy, I knew him, he taught my daughter wrestling.
“The kid could fly around, one of the nicest people you could ever meet.”