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Father dies after getting COVID-19 while on trip to Guatemala

César Cruz came down with a severe case of COVID-19 while visiting family.
Cesar Cruz

César Cruz.

The St. Paul father-of-three stricken with a severe case of COVID-19 while visiting family in Guatemala has died.

An update on the CaringBridge page for César Cruz says he died Monday night, and that he will be buried next to his late father in a ceremony in his hometown on Tuesday.

"It is with heavy hearts that we inform you of César's passing last night. The pain is great and our hearts are broken. We are trying to come to grips with the fact that he won't be here for all of our future family celebrations," the update says.

His family had been trying to bring him back to Minnesota via an air ambulance, and had raised almost $40,000 through a Go Fund Me campaign.

He had been intubated and listed as being in a critical condition at a hospital in Antigua, having taken the trip to visit family in Guatemala for Easter, seeing them for the first time in several years.

He fell ill just days before he was scheduled to return to Minnesota, with his condition rapidly worsening. 

Family told WCCO that Cruz hadn't been vaccinated for COVID-19.

His wife, Tammy Krause Cruz, said on Caring Bridge that she will be offering everyone who contributed to the air ambulance the chance to call back their gift. Otherwise the donations will go towards his funeral, a trip for his family to visit his grave, and college funds for his children.

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