“We messed up,” were the heartbroken final words of a former U.S senator who died of covid-19 last week, according to NBC News.
Larry Dixon, 78, died on Friday December 4 – two weeks after he contracted the coronavirus during an outdoors hangout “with a couple of guys”, his close friend Dr. David Thrasher told NBC News.
According to the report, Dixon’s wife, Gaynell Dixon, told Thrasher that her husband issued one final plea before his death.
“We messed up. We let our guard down,” he said. “Please tell everybody to be careful. This is real, and if you get diagnosed, get help immediately.”
The beloved former Republican senator, who represented Alabama’s District 25 in the state Senate for nearly three decades from 1983 until he retired in 2010, was also a former executive director of the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners, according to a statement by the board.
“While we mourn Larry Dixon’s passing, we are forever grateful for his distinguished service to the medical profession and to the State of Alabama,” the board said in a statement.
“He set an incredible example of service for us all. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Gaynell, and his family during this difficult time.”
According to data by Johns Hopkins University on Monday, Alabama recorded the highest one-day total of covid-19 cases on December 2, reaching a record high of 3,2928. A total of 3,892 people so far, have died from coronavirus in the state since the outbreak