Lord Bath of Longleat dies after contracting coronavirus
Aristocrat, 87, tested positive for Covid-19 after being admitted to hospital, says estate
Sun 5 Apr 2020 13.13 BSTLast modified on Sun 5 Apr 2020 13.34 BST
The flamboyant aristocrat Lord Bath of Longleat has died aged 87 after being admitted to hospital with Covid-19.
Longleat, the estate and safari park that is the ancestral seat of the Marquess of Bath, said on its Facebook page: “It is with the deepest sadness we have to announce Lord Bath has died at the age of 87. Alexander Thynn, 7th Marquess of Bath, passed away on Saturday 4 April.
“He was admitted to the Royal United hospital in Bath on 28 March where it was confirmed he had the coronavirus.
“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.”
Lord Bath was estimated by the Sunday Times Rich List to be worth £157m in 2009. He married Anna Gyarmathy in 1969 and had two children but was known for housing women he referred to as “wifelets” in properties on the Longleat estate.
He boycotted his son Ceawlin’s wedding after Ceawlin removed a series of his father’s handpainted murals from the walls of Longleat, telling a newspaper: “It’s my life’s work and he’s quietly binned it.”