Lesley Nicol, star of the hit TV series Downton Abbey, has lost her husband to Covid at the age of 68 right after he announced he received a spring Covid booster shot.

Nicol, 68, is well-known for her portrayal of Beryl Patmore in Downton Abbey. She was married to her husband, David Heald, for 15 years.

Lesley Nicol as Downton Abbey‘s Beryl Patmore

Heald – who was also known as Da’aboth Te’He’Ling – has previously suffered from heart problems. He had heart bypass surgery and a stroke in 2009, which he says led him to discover his “spiritual side”.

On April 26, Heald posted on Facebook that he had tested positive for Covid after receiving a spring Covid booster shot, which is reserved for those at or above age 75. However, those with certain health conditions or a weakened immune system may also be eligible for the jab, as well as those who live in a care home for older people.

Heald reported that his “fit to fly test” came back positive, and that he caught the illness after receiving the spring booster shot.

David Heald’s Facebook post announcing his positive Covid test result

Just a week after announcing his Covid diagnosis, Heald passed away, leaving Nicol heartbroken in the wake of his sudden death.

Heald’s cause of death has not yet been confirmed.

Lesley Nicol with now-deceased husband David Heald

Nicol’s agent made a statement regarding Heald’s death, saying that he was “an amazing, unique and inspirational man who was always at Lesley’s side – ‘her warrior’. We are all processing this unexpected turn of events and Lesley would like to thank everyone for their loving and kind messages of support.”

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