A lawyer died of complications due to coronavirus just two days after writing in an email he was improving.
Richard Weber, 57, from Manhattan, New York, died on Wednesday from the deadly virus that has gripped the world.
Mr Weber, who was a Manhattan-based partner at Gallo Vitucci Klar, wrote in an email that he had tested positive and had been hospitalised but was doing better, the New York Post reports.
LeGal executive director Eric Lesh said: "He was just a wonderful human being with a real dedication to giving back to others,”
“We urge our members and friends to stay safe and healthy. Protect yourselves, friends and family.
"We are all in this together. We will continue to pursue equality and justice with Richard’s memory and generous spirit in our hearts,” Lesh and LeGal board president Kristen Prata Browde told the group’s members in a statement.
“Everyone at Gallo Vitucci Klar LLP is heartbroken and devastated by the loss of Richard,” the 80-lawyer firm said in a statement. “He was a wonderful attorney and shining light at our firm. Our thoughts right now are with his family.”
The New York Post reported that Gallo Vitucci said its Manhattan office has been closed since Mr Weber disclosed his symptoms on March 10 and lawyers have been working remotely.
“Fortunately, no one else at that office or the firm has had any COVID-19 symptoms or a positive diagnosis,” the company said.
COVID-19 is a potentially life-threatening virus, so far there have been over 250,000 cases worldwide, and over 10,000 deaths.
In the UK, the death toll has reached 183.
The pandemic has forced many nations to go on lockdown in a bid to control the spread of the bug.
The UK government has announced the closure of schools and has encouraged citizens to avoid mass gatherings.
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