Fans of reality TV were hit with some heartbreaking news this week.
According to Fox News, former 90-Day Fiance cast member Jason Hitch died at the age of 45.
The celebrity’s sister confirmed that he died on Tuesday at a Florida hospital from complications related to COVID-19.
“He will be greatly missed,” she said, noting that both she and her father had grown even closer to Hitch during his declining health.
“A great officer and leader to his men”
According to his LinkedIn profile, Hitch was a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army stationed in Bushnell, Florida. His sister referenced his military service, calling him a “true and honest shooter, a great officer and leader to his men.”
TLC, which broadcasts the reality series, provided a statement expressing sympathy for Hitch’s loved ones.
“We are saddened to hear about the passing of Jason Hitch and send our sincere condolences to his family and friends at this time,” the network asserted.
Televised courtship ends in divorce
As for the show that brought him fame, 90-Day Fiance follows a foreign citizen who moves to the U.S. to determine if a long-distance courtship should end in marriage.
Hitch appeared on the show’s second season in 2014 alongside Cassia Tavares of Brazil. Though the couple went on to tie the not, they separated three years later and subsequently filed for divorce.
His sister said she did not believe he was vaccinated for COVID-19 and suffered from no known underlying medical conditions. Of course, even fully vaccinated Americans have suffered from severe illness in so-called breakthrough infections.
As the Boston Herald reported, Massachusetts recorded 11,431 breakthrough cases among vaccinated individuals last week, a slight increase over the previous week. The state has also seen nearly 3,000 hospitalizations among fully vaccinated individuals as roughly 700 deaths.
President Joe Biden received some rare scrutiny from the mainstream media for misleading statements he made on the topic in October. At the time, he claimed defended his proposed vaccine mandate by declaring:
We’re making sure health care workers are vaccinated because if you seek care at a health care facility, you should have the certainty that the people providing that care are protected from COVID and cannot spread it to you.