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ST. PAUL — The brother of Minnesota Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan has died after being diagnosed with COVID-19, the illness caused by coronavirus.

“To many, he’ll be a statistic: Tennessee’s second COVID-related death,” Flanagan wrote on Instagram of her brother, Ron. “But to me, I’ll remember a loving, older brother, uncle, father, and husband.”

According to Flanagan, her brother, whom she described as a “tough-as-nails Marine,” was recently diagnosed with cancer, and his immune system was compromised.

She cited his death as an example of how social distancing by everyone can save live of those who are vulnerable to the virus.

“If you feel fine, that’s great,” she wrote. “But please consider the possibility that you’re carrying the virus and don’t know it, and then you walk past the next Ron, my big brother, in public.”

Here’s the entire post:

"Almost exactly two months after we buried our dad, my brother Ron passed away on Saturday. To many, he’ll be a statistic: Tennessee’s second COVID-related death. But to me, I’ll remember a loving, older brother, uncle, father, and husband.

"Ron was a tough-as-nails Marine who was a big teddy bear on the inside. He never left my dad’s side during his final weeks and took care of everyone else in the way only he could. His politics didn’t match mine AT ALL (and we joked about it constantly) but Ron was a very good man who had an amazing capacity to love. I miss him dearly.

"Several weeks ago, Ron was diagnosed with cancer. His immune system was compromised and he contracted COVID-19. He was put in a medically induced coma and placed on a ventilator. He fought it as hard as he could but it was simply too much for his body. THIS is why we must #StayHome

"If you feel fine, that’s great. But please consider the possibility that you’re carrying the virus and don’t know it, and then you walk past the next Ron, my big brother, in public.

COVID-19 now has a personal connection to me. Please do all you can to prevent one for you. #StayHomeMN"

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