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Old 03-18-2020, 11:44 AM
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Sadly, my cousin passed away last night.

Ricky, who was one of my all-time favorite people, was only 56 years old. He worked in a law firm in New York City. A month ago he was told he had the flu for which Tamiflu was prescribed. The doctor assured him that he did not have any Covid-19 symptoms and did not need any testing. He returned to work a week later.

Monday night he was exhibiting shortness of breath. On Tuesday he was not answering his sister’s phone calls. She called me (frantic for support and advice) and we decided she should use her emergency key to access his apartment. She found him on the bedroom floor incoherent and non-responsive. Paramedics transported him to the hospital. Despite their best efforts, he passed 2 hours later. They said he was the first they lost in the emergency room.

We will not have a diagnosis until we get the Medical Examiner’s report in 2 days but the hospital said they are “99% sure it was Corona”.

To add to the sadness, his fiancé was scheduled to relocate from Texas to move in with him this Saturday.

I have not seen him since our move 4 years ago. Although he has never been to The Villages, we had planned for him and his fiancé to visit us later this year.

Ricky, may you rest in peace, knowing how much the family and I loved you.
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Old 03-18-2020, 11:47 AM
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Oh, it’s so very sad to hear this. God bless you and all your family.
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Old 03-18-2020, 12:05 PM
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That is a tragedy. I am very sorry this happened. Take care.
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Sad to hear this. I probably know someone that has passed from this too given how many places I have lived and the very large number of people I have met.
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Old 03-18-2020, 12:50 PM
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God bless you and your family. I will keep your family in my prayers.
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Old 03-18-2020, 03:41 PM
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So sorry to hear about your loss. Have any of the family try to determine where he may have caught the virus. Was he traveling lately, had guests from out of the country, his work enviroment, I know a law firm might have international clients. That's what I would be thinking about now if I lived or work around him, how did he get it?
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Very sorry for your loss. Take care of yourself.
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Old 03-18-2020, 04:07 PM
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Sadly, my cousin passed away last night.

Ricky, who was one of my all-time favorite people, was only 56 years old. He worked in a law firm in New York City. A month ago he was told he had the flu for which Tamiflu was prescribed. The doctor assured him that he did not have any Covid-19 symptoms and did not need any testing. He returned to work a week later.

Monday night he was exhibiting shortness of breath. On Tuesday he was not answering his sister’s phone calls. She called me (frantic for support and advice) and we decided she should use her emergency key to access his apartment. She found him on the bedroom floor incoherent and non-responsive. Paramedics transported him to the hospital. Despite their best efforts, he passed 2 hours later. They said he was the first they lost in the emergency room.

We will not have a diagnosis until we get the Medical Examiner’s report in 2 days but the hospital said they are “99% sure it was Corona”.

To add to the sadness, his fiancé was scheduled to relocate from Texas to move in with him this Saturday.

I have not seen him since our move 4 years ago. Although he has never been to The Villages, we had planned for him and his fiancé to visit us later this year.

Ricky, may you rest in peace, knowing how much the family and I loved you.
BK, we are both so sorry for your loss. What a terrible tragedy. Our Prayers for you, your family and Ricky and his Fiancé.
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How very sad, I’m so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers to you and your family.
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BK001, I am so sorry for your loss, I cannot find the words to help you in this time of sorrow. Please take care and I hope for better times.
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So sorry for your loss.
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Oh wow.

My deepest condolences.
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So very sorry to read this. Just goes to show the danger of this virus yet some people are STILL not taking it seriously & following the advice. Sincere condolences to you & your family & may his soul rest in peace.
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Old 03-19-2020, 05:38 AM
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How tragic at such a young age. Prayers to you and your family.
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Old 03-19-2020, 05:39 AM
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Thank you for bravely putting your loss online. More people need to hear these episodes in order to believe it. It is one positive thing that can come from a tragedy. You are blessed with family and courage.
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