Edgar Ramirez has shared the heartbreaking news that his aunt and uncle have died from COVID-19.
The Undoing actor, 44, has also lost his brother-in-law Rafael, his Venezuelan agent Laureano and his grandmother Bertha to the virus.
In an Instagram post, Ramirez appealed to fans to get a COVID-19 vaccine as he reels from the loss of his loved ones.
“At times I feel like it is a nightmare from which I am going to wake up, but I know it is not,” he wrote. “That this is as real as the air that at this moment it is difficult for me to breathe.”
While he noted it was the “most painful and the most intimate thing” he’s had to write, the actor stressed the urgency of getting vaccinated.
“My heart can’t just take more pain. I am sad, I am frustrated, I am devastated. It’s been weeks and weeks of my family being played, tortured and jerked around by this cruel, treacherous and violent disease which mercilessly ended up killing them all. I can’t stand this void in my chest, this metallic taste in my mouth, this crippling headache that doesn’t seem to soothe,” he wrote.
“None of them had been vaccinated. None had access to a vaccine in Venezuela. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of vaccines are being thrown away in the United States because a large number of people don’t want them. It breaks my heart that so many people in this country are willing to snub the very vaccine my family would have taken in an instant.”
The news comes days after Ramirez sat down with Dr Anthony Fauci, Chief Medical Advisor to the President of the United States.
Their conversation covered the importance of getting vaccinated in combating the virus.
See below for Ramirez’s full open letter.