Coco Austin has revealed her father Steve has been moved to intensive care as he battles coronavirus.
The model, 41, paid tribute to her dad with throwback Instagram snaps on Wednesday as she warned her fans not to dismiss the virus.
Expressing her disbelief, Coco also revealed that two of her aunts have also contracted COVID-19
Tribute: Coco Austin revealed her father Steve has been moved to intensive care as he battles coronavirus as she paid tribute to her dad with throwback Instagram snaps on Wednesday
Coco warned her followers not to underestimate the virus, as she claimed her father is typically ‘strong as an ox’ and ‘never gets sick’.
Alongside a sweet snap of the pair cuddled up and a family shot, she penned: ‘My, tough as an ox dad, the one that never goes to the doctor, the one that doesn’t even take tylenol for pain, the one that never EVER gets sick, where talking about the original Steve Austin (cuz thats his real name) is in the ICU requiring oxygen for #covid19 ..
‘He is having trouble breathing and feels like he is being stabbed with pins throughout his body .. [sic]’
Concerning: Coco gave fans an update on her father’s condition after her husband Ice-T revealed on Tuesday that his father-in-law had been hospitalised
She continued: ‘For all the people that say it cant happen to your family..think again..
‘Sending happy thoughts to my father and all the families that are dealing with it❤ also sending prayers to 2 of my aunts who also have covid seems they all got it at the same time.
‘We have a big family, in the 2nd photo is my dad with all his kids. Thank you ArrowHead Hospital in AZ for attending to my dad! [sic]’
Strong: Coco shared a snap with her father and siblings as she warned her followers not to underestimate the virus, claiming her father is typically ‘strong as an ox’
The musician shared a photo of Coco’s dad wearing an oxygen mask as he tweeted: ‘Coco’s father checked into the Hospital yesterday. Covid in AZ’.
Prior to posting about Coco’s dad, Ice-T – born Tracy Lauren Marrow – was outspoken about the need to wear a face mask out in public.
‘At this point, wearing a Mask in public is more of an IQ test..’ tweeted on Sunday.
Worrying: Ice-T and wife Coco have been using their platforms to urge their followers to stay safe during the pandemic after the model’s father was hospitalised with coronavirus
The CDC advises everyone wear a mask while out in public.
‘Cloth face coverings are recommended as a simple barrier to help prevent respiratory droplets from traveling into the air and onto other people when the person wearing the cloth face covering coughs, sneezes, talks, or raises their voice.’
This week Arizona became the latest coronavirus hot spot to reverse its reopening by closing bars and gyms.
Tough talk: As coronavirus rates in the US soar once again, the rapper has been outspoken about the risks involved and hit out at people refusing to wear a mask
Arizona health officials reported 4,682 more confirmed coronavirus cases on Monday – the most reported in a single day in the state so far and the eighth time in the past 10 days that daily cases surpassed the 3,000 mark.
Deaths in the state increased by 62 percent after recording 249 new fatalities in a week, bringing the death toll to 1,588.
Health officials have warned, however, that the death rate could potentially shoot back up again because fatality rates often lag behind infection rates.
Officials say people under 35 years old have been going to bars, parties and social events without masks, becoming infected and then spreading the disease to older, more vulnerable people.
In the past week, Florida, Louisiana, Idaho and Washington state have seen new infections more than double.
Arizona, Virginia, Alabama, Kentucky, Florida and Tennessee were the states that saw the largest increases in deaths in the past week.
Family: Ice, 62, and Coco, 41, married in 2005 and have one daughter, Chanel, four together