Paul Sinha’s quiz teammate dies of coronavirus after The Chase star announces his own symptoms

Paul Sinha has announced his close friend and quiz teammate has died from coronavirus, just days after announcing he was showing symptoms himself.

The 49 year old took to Twitter to pay tribute to Jon Jacob, who passed away from the deadly bug that has now placed the United Kingdom on lockdown.

The Chase star wrote to his 143,000 followers on the social media platform: "Woken up to the news that Jon Jacob, my friend and quiz teammate for the last decade, has succumbed to corona.

"Farewell mate, we smashed Sunday afternoons. And you'll always be the Greatest Classical Music Quizzer ever."

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The tragic news comes just two days after Paul — known on the ITV quiz show as "The Sinnerman" — revealed he believes he has contracted the illness.

Once again posting to Twitter, Paul wrote on Sunday night: "Although I cant be sure and i cant be tested it seems likely i have Coronavirus. [sic]

"Started social distancing a few days too late. Anyone upsets me; I'll be around to sneeze in your home."

The professional quizzer continued: "Me and Olly hosted a charity quiz night on March 10.

"Since then I don't think i've been within coughing distance of anyone. I cant remember the last time i saw anyone who wasn't my husband.

"Btw, as you can imagine I've had a lot of mates. medics or otherwise, in contact. [sic]

"It seems that loads of us may have had it in the last few weeks, but the range of symptoms is very variable.

"The suspicious symptom, for me, is the exhaustion. New territory," he continued.

Paul had hinted he believed he had contracted the illness in a tweet on Saturday night, in which he wrote: "Cough, slight fever, weakness, exhaustion.

"Utter exhaustion. Good thing I've not been wandering round pubs 'living my life whatever'."

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Last June, Paul announced he had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in an emotional post.

He wrote in a blog post: "On the evening of Thursday May 30th, an experienced consultant neurologist calmly informed me that I had Parkinson's disease.

"It was a devastating denouement to a medical odyssey that began in September 2017 with a sudden-onset, frozen right shoulder, and took in an unexpected diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes, a lifestyle transformation that enabled me to lose two stone, and a shoulder operation in January this year.

"It has been a really, really tough two weeks. Cancelling my run at the Edinburgh Fringe, missing the World Quizzing Championships to have brain scans, performing club sets whilst emotionally bewildered, and of course working my way through my loved ones, delivering the bad news."

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