Twin Cities radio personality Dan Culhane has died

He was battling multiple myeloma when he was diagnosed with COVID-19.
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Twin Cities radio personality Dan Culhane has died after battling cancer and getting diagnosed with COVID-19. 

Culhane's wife of 15 years, Nancy Mitchell, on Feb. 26 shared that Culhane had tested positive for COVID-19 around Feb. 10 after getting the OK from his doctor to referee a few hockey games in late January.

Culhane was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a "fairly rare" blood cancer in November 2019 and was recovering from a stem cell transplant, his wife shared on her blog

He died over the weekend, according to 92 KQRS, where he had worked for several years during his long radio career. He also worked at WCCO Radio and did voice-over work. 

Mitchell wrote on her blog that Culhane had mild COVID symptoms until the weekend of Feb. 20, when he started to run a fever. Then on Tuesday, Feb. 23, he went to the University of Minnesota for "basic blood work" and stayed for more tests. 

"This is where the story goes completely off the rails," Mitchell wrote in the blog posted Friday night. 

By Thursday, Feb. 25, Culhane had developed a blood clot and for the procedure to remove it, he was placed on a ventilator. 

KQRS shared the news of Culhane's death on Sunday with permission from Mitchell, noting Mitchell posted the following on her personal page:

"It is with an utterly broken heart that I share with you the news that my beautiful, loving, romantic, funny, scatterbrained, sensitive husband Daniel Edward Culhane of nearly 15 years passed away unexpectedly and peacefully early this morning.

"My world is considerably smaller and darker today. I was honored to be his wife and his best friend.

"Please pray for him, his wonderful children Joe Culhane and Cori Orak and their spouses Jacob Orak and Rachel Robinson , his grandchildren Joy and Willy.

"And for me as well. I don't know how to navigate this world anymore without him."

Mitchell noted, via KQRS, that a celebration of life will be held later this year when "conditions are better for us all to be safe."

Those who knew Culhane are sharing their shock, condolences and memories of him on social media, calling him generous and kind. Here's a sampling: 

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