Jersey City Ward D Councilman Michael Yun has sadly passed away due to complications from COVID-19 Coronavirus, CNN reports. His death was announced on Monday.
The 65-year-old councilman becomes another influential Asian American to pass away as a result of this pandemic. Others include veteran CBS journalist Maria Mercader, United News correspondent Brahm Kanchibhotla and Jesdanun – affectionately known as “Nick” who covered areas of technology for the Associated Press have as well died due to the virus.
Before Yun died, he experienced a week of fever and shortness of breath and on March 24 was admitted into the intensive care unit at Jersey City Medical Center, where the test came out positive for COVID-19.
Yun was the first Korean born American to be elected onto Jersey City Council in 2013 and in 2017 won a re-election, so it is clear that this is a major loss not just for the Korean American and more broadly Asian American community but also for Jersey City.
Jersey City Mayor, Steve Fulop paid tribute to Yun in an announcement on Monday.
“We are beyond saddened by the passing of Councilman Michael Yun. He was a family man, a great businessman, and a tireless advocate for Jersey City throughout his nearly 3 decades of public service,” Fulop said according to NJ.com.
Fulop lauded Yun as a great family man.
“More than that though, he was a great husband, father, and grandfather as he never missed a chance to share how proud he was of his family,” Fulop said.
“We will miss him and we will continue to aggressively fight against this pandemic, now in his honor,” Fulop added.
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