Published On: Sun, Apr 5th, 2020

Lord Bath of Longleat dead: Tributes as Longleat Safari Park owner dies of coronavirus | UK | News

Alexander Thynn, 7th Marquess of Bath, died on Saturday after being admitted to the Royal United Hospital in Bath on March 28. He was the owner of Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire.

Longleat Safari Park confirmed the news in a statement on Sunday.

They said: “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.

“He was admitted to the Royal United Hospital in Bath on March 28 where it was confirmed he had coronavirus.

“The family would like to express their greatest 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.”

Tributes poured in for the Longleat Safari Park owner.

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“We spent nearly two decades with the eccentric and colourful Lord at Longleat filming Animal Park. He will be missed.

“Sending my love and condolences to the family @Emmaweymouth1 and everyone at @Longleat.”

A Twitter user wrote: “RIP Lord Bath. Very happy memories of many family visits to Longleat as a child.”

Another said: “I’ve known and loved @Longleat for years now I am sorry to hear of the passing of Lord Bath due to this virus.

“He had a deep love of Longleat and the creatures that lived in it.

“He had a larger than life personality that will be sorely missed RIP.”

One more added: “Such a colourful larger than life character. Very sad. Condolences to his family.”

The news comes as there have been 41,903 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK and 4,313 deaths, according to official figures.

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