Lord Bath of Longleat dies after testing positive for Covid-19

Lord Bath of Longleat has died aged 87 after testing positive for coronavirus.

The "gloriously" eccentric Alexander Thynn, 7th Marquess of Bath, died on Saturday after being admitted to the Royal United Hospital in Bath on March 28.

During his time there, it was confirmed that he had Covid-19.

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File photo dated 01/04/96 of Lord Bath ith chimp "Teddy" at Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire. Lord Bath of Longleat has died aged 87 after testing positive for coronavirus.
File photo dated 28/04/05 of Lord Bath standing on the 10-metre tall wooden tower in the middle of the maze at the Longleat Estate in Wiltshire. Lord Bath of Longleat has died aged 87 after testing positive for coronavirus.
File photo dated 16/02/97 of Lord Bath during rescue exercise with Avon and Somerset Cliff Rescue Team at Cheddar Gorge. Lord Bath of Longleat has died aged 87 after testing positive for coronavirus.
File photo dated 27/04/98 of Lord Bath at Longleat House in Wiltshire. Lord Bath of Longleat has died aged 87 after testing positive for coronavirus.
File photo dated 18/05/10 of Lord Bath standing with the Longleat Lion at Longleat House in Wiltshire. Lord Bath of Longleat has died aged 87 after testing positive for coronavirus.
File photo dated 18/05/10 of Lord Bath standing with the Longleat Lion at Longleat House in Wiltshire. Lord Bath of Longleat has died aged 87 after testing positive for coronavirus.
File photo dated 08/04/10 of Lord Bath alongside Bath rugby players at Longleat House in Wiltshire. Lord Bath of Longleat has died aged 87 after testing positive for coronavirus.
File photo dated 17/09/09 of Lord Bath with Pudsey the Bear at Longleat House in Wiltshire. Lord Bath of Longleat has died aged 87 after testing positive for coronavirus.
File photo dated 11/04/06 of Lord Bath in front of Longleat House in Wiltshire. Lord Bath of Longleat has died aged 87 after testing positive for coronavirus.
File photo dated 29/03/99 of Lord Bath (centre left) with (left to right) Honor Blackman, Vivienne Creegor, Culver, Trude Mostue, Suzanne Dando, Chris Packham, Lord Montagu and Anna Walker during the 50th anniversary celebrations at Longleat House in Wiltshire. Lord Bath of Longleat has died aged 87 after testing positive for coronavirus.
Lord Bath and his son Viscount Weymouth at Longleat Safari Park. Picture date: Tuesday April, 5, 2011. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
Lord Bath lends a hand with re-leading work on the roof of Longleat House, Wiltshire.
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Lord Bath (centre) is joined by the presenters of BBC's Animal Park Kate Humble and Ben Fogle standing on the new 10-metre tall wooden tower in the middle of his maze at Longleat Estate.
Lord Bath at the delayed opening of Longleat Safari Park, Wiltshire, which has been closed due to the foot-and-mouth crisis.
Lord Bath after opening the latest attraction at "Longleat" near Warminster today (Monday) "King Arthur's Mirror Maze". See PA Story SOCIAL/Maze. Photo Barry Batchelor/PA.
Lord Bath with part of a huge collection of murals painted on the walls and ceilings of Longleat House, Wiltshire.
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Longleat Safari Park confirmed the news in a Facebook post on Sunday, expressing their "deepest sadness" at Lord Bath's death.

They added: "The family would like to express their great appreciation for the dedicated team of nurses, doctors and other staff who cared so professionally and compassionately for Alexander in these extremely difficult times for everyone.

"They would politely request a period of privacy to deal with their loss."

The flamboyant aristocrat was known for his colourful dress sense and was a regular feature of the Animal Park television show about his estate.

Kate Humble presented the show, which ran from 2000-09, and said she was "very sad" to hear of his death.

She tweeted: "Everyone will describe him as eccentric – and he was, gloriously so – but he was also kind & fun – and we all need a bit of kindness & fun in our lives."

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Lord Bath of Longleat had a colourful dress sense (PA)

Lord Bath – then Viscount Weymouth – was educated at Eton and Oxford, where he was president of the famous Bullingdon Club.

He married Emma Gael in 1969 and had two children, but in a 2010 Guardian interview he also acknowledged that he had "an eight-year-old but I don't see enough of her".

According to several reports, he had decorated walls in his house with erotic murals.

Lord Bath was involved in politics, and stood in the very first European parliamentary elections in 1979, representing the Wessex Regionalist Party which he helped to found.

After inheriting the Marquess seat in 1992, he then sat as a Liberal Democrat in the House of Lords but lost his seat when Labour reforms excluded most hereditary peers.

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