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Disneyland Panda dies from COVID-19

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Joshua Obra spends his days caring for Alzheimer’s patients as a nursing supervisor at a facility in Long Beach.

And at least one day out of every week, Obra, 29, was known as the Disneyland Panda because of his love of everything Disney.

He died July 6, another Filipino American victim of the coronavirus pandemic.


“I think in health care, when the COVID-19 pandemic came around, it’s one of those things where as a nurse, you don’t run away from the fire, you run straight into the fire,” his sister Jasmine Obra told ABC-TV.

Joshua Obra posted this selfie with a panda on his Facebook page in 2018


After a 26-day battle against the coronavirus, Obra died July 6, says his sister Jasmine Obra.
Both the siblings tested positive for COVID-19 and were self-quarantining at home.

“When he gets sick, it’s really hard for him to get better,” Jasmine told the Asian Journal. My parents couldn’t come help because they’re over the age of 60 so I was the one who took care of him,” said Jasmine, who is also a nurse. “It was one of the longest weeks of my life, just checking on him every hour and monitoring his temperature and blood pressure.”


She took her brother to the hospital and that was the last tie she saw him alive.


“I’m so blessed that he was able to teach me some parts of how to be a nurse while we were able to work together before we both got sick,” added Jasmine, who noted in a subsequent Instagram Story post that she was still waiting on her test results. 


“I’m happy he was able to share his love for Disney, visit all of the Disney parks, and travel some of the world. I’m so happy he was able to follow his passion in photography. I’m so blessed we were able to be so close through all these things, so blessed to be his little sister.”

Joshua Obra and his love of all things Disney was featured on the local ABC affliate and became acquainted with the station employees and journalists.


“It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of one of our favorite Eyewitnesses,” ABC7 wrote in a caption on Instagram. “He passed away Monday from complications due to COVID-19.”

“Josh was a sweet and kind man, and a talented photographer. You can tell from his Instagram handle that he was a huge Disney fan, and he participated in many Disney and ABC7 events and initiatives over the years. He was someone you could depend on, and was always very generous with his time and talent,” added the station.

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