Britain’s Got Talent’s Antonio ‘Popeye’ Francis dead at 54
Britain’s Got Talent fame Antonio ‘Popeye’ Francis has sadly passed away at the age of 54. The charismatic entertainer died on Saturday after suffering a stroke.
Endured Several Health Issues
He appeared in BGT in 2011 and astonished the judges and the audience with his unique routine of popping the eyes to the music beat. The talent show star was able to pave his way up to the semi-finals of the ITV programme.
Reportedly, he had faced several health issues after the show, and prior to his death, he had suffered memory loss, high BP, heart failure and other organ issues as well. Antonio’s son, Dan Francis, who has also appeared in BGT shared that a family friend found him in his room on the floor unconscious a week ago.
His son further added,
What’s crazy is he was there for at least six days so he’d survived for at least six days before we got him into the hospital and for the first two days he was breathing by himself. This morning we woke up, and I saw him take his last breath and then he stopped breathing.
As per Dan, one of Antonio’s wishes was to get buried in Barbados and to make that happen his family is now raising money. A fundraising page had already hit £1,500 of a £5,000 target on Monday just a day after it was launched.
Rest in Peace Antonio!