Minnesota's Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan has paid tribute to her brother Ron, who became the second person in Tennessee to die from the novel coronavirus.
Flanagan confirmed her brother's death on her Instagram page, saying he died on Saturday.
"To many, he’ll be a statistic: Tennessee’s second COVID-related death. But to me, I’ll remember a loving, older brother, uncle, father, and husband," she wrote.
"Several weeks ago, Ron was diagnosed with cancer. His immune system was compromised and he contracted COVID-19. He was put in a medically induced coma and placed on a ventilator. He fought it as hard as he could but it was simply too much for his body."
It comes just two months after the death of Flanagan's father, with the Lt. Gov. noting her "tough-as-nails" former Marine brother "never left my dad’s side during his final weeks and took care of everyone else in the way only he could."
"His politics didn’t match mine AT ALL (and we joked about it constantly) but Ron was a very good man who had an amazing capacity to love. I miss him dearly."
Flanagan is imploring Minnesotans to be cautious with the coronavirus and to take steps to isolate themselves even if they don't have symptoms.
"If you feel fine, that’s great. But please consider the possibility that you’re carrying the virus and don’t know it, and then you walk past the next Ron, my big brother, in public.
"COVID-19 now has a personal connection to me. Please do all you can to prevent one for you. #StayHomeMN."