A dad-of-six tragically died just two days after testing positive for coronavirus, despite being "perfectly healthy."
Adolph "T.J." Mendez, 44, passed away on Thursday after receiving his results on the Tuesday, leaving behind his wife, three sons and two daughters.
Speaking to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, wife Angela Mendez said: "You hear that the people who die are older, or have previous health conditions, but he was neither and the virus took him down hard.
“It can happen to anyone, it’s not just a story that happens to people across the world.
"It’s here and it’s real and it can kill anyone, just like it did my husband."
She also added that her husband did not smoke or drink and had healthy eating habits, reported The Sun.
The kindergarten teacher died at the Ascension Seton Medical Center in Austin, Texas.
His daughter, Brenda Johnson told the Herald-Zeitung: "He was patient. He cared about others.
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"He loved his family so much. He was very involved in our community and our church."
Students referred to him as "Mr Sticker Man," she recalled: “Every Sunday they would give out stickers to the kids in their bibles and the little kindergarteners would give him stickers to put on his name badge. He was very loved by all."
Brenda also spoke to the outlet about walking down the aisle with her father when she got married: “It was really special to get him to do that for me,” she said.
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“I looked at him and told him that he wasn’t allowed to look at me or I would start crying. Before they opened the chapel doors, he looked down on me and I looked at him and we both started crying.
"It was the sweetest thing.”
Comal County Judge Sherman Krause stated: “This tragic news emphasises the need for all of us to make sure we are taking every effort to maintain social distancing measures."
The US currently has 103,798 cases of coronavirus, with 1,693 deaths.
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