North Miami Gay Man Dies of Coronavirus – Attended Winter Party

Winter Party Miami, in early March, promises endless gay parties in a balmy Florida setting. (Photo courtesy the event)

A 40-year-old gay man from North Miami Beach died Thursday of complications from the coronavirus. 

Israel Carrera tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, according to NBC 6. His boyfriend Franco Conquista told the TV station Carrera had no major underlying issues. 


"Israel was just a lovable man," Conquista told NBC 6.
According to Conquista, Carrera got sick after attending the Winter Party earlier this month. There have been several reports from around the country of other attendees also testing positive for the coronavirus.
According to the NBC report Carrera came down with a cough, had trouble breathing, and was hospitalized after his symptoms progressively got worse.
"We FaceTimed a few times, but it was just sign language because he couldn't talk. He had tubes everywhere," Conquista told NBC. "Everybody loved him. His personality just shined ... just an aura around him, you can feel the energy that was just pure positive energy."

On Wednesday another member of the LGBT community died from complications of the coronavirus in Broward County. George “Skip” Panse was a member of the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida. 

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