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He knew the lyrics of entire Broadway musicals and shared them with his granddaughters Zoe and Madeline on their annual summer visits from Brooklyn, New York, to Kansas City, where he was a renowned architect.
Even after Alzheimer’s disease robbed him of most of his memory, Mel sang for his newborn grandson Joshua, born in 2019, his daughter Laura Solomon recalled. “My dad couldn’t really express himself well anymore, but the music never went away,” she says.
Mel, 83, died of complications from COVID-19 in Roseland, New Jersey, on April 22, where he had lived in an assisted living community near his children for a year. No one in the family can say goodbye.
“He just disappeared,” Laura says.
Quebec Reports 896 New Cases of COVID-19 As LTC Home Staff Tested Positive
Quebec reported 896 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, the province’s highest single-day tally in months, and Health Minister Christian Dube said the increase in cases was mainly due to community transmission.
“We are asking to limit contact over the next few weeks,” Dube wrote on Twitter after the number was announced.
Health officials also reported four more deaths attributed to the coronavirus: two in the past 24 hours and two between September 20 and 25.
The province has now recorded a total of 71,901 COVID-19 cases and 5,825 deaths.