Husband and wife of 35 years die of COVID-19 days apart

ByJ.R. Stone KGO logo
Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Vallejo couple of 35 years both die of COVID-19 11 days apart
A Vallejo couple who had been together for 35 years both died of COVID-19 complications, 11 days apart from one another.

VALLEJO, California -- A California couple who had been together for 35 years both died of COVID-19 complications 11 days apart from one another.

"It wasn't until he woke up gasping for air that I said, 'We have to take you to the emergency room. We can't treat it at home any longer,' and that was the last time I saw him," said Eboni Hunter about her dad Keith Robinson.

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Eboni is describing her final in-person moment with Keith, a former U.S. Postal Worker who died due to COVID-19 complications.

Her dad's passing was even tougher since it came just 11 days after her mother and his wife Gwendolyn, who worked at the Veterans Home of California, also died from the virus.

Keith, who was 62, had diabetes. Gwendolyn, who was 60, had asthma along with a blood cancer known as MDS.

Both had been successfully living with their conditions up until COVID-19.

De Lon Adams and his sister say they feel numb over what has happened, describing their parents as lovebirds, who were together for 35 years. He called her "Bright Eyes," and she called him "Grizzly."

"Every weekend they were together. You know it was them because they had the same clothes on. They would dress alike. If it was Sunday, it was 49ers gear. If it was during the week, it was Warriors gear or Giants gear," De Lon said.

De Lon and Eboni say that while they're trying to stay strong, it's hard.

"It's tough for me. I'm still in the house, and they were my best friends. So I'm going to miss them a lot because they really were my best friends," Eboni said.

At this point, De Lon and Eboni believe that their father was the first one to come down with COVID-19. He drove distribution trucks for the U.S. Postal service. It's unclear how he may have gotten it, but his symptoms appeared first.

The family has created a GoFundMe account.

The money raised will go towards a proper burial for both Keith and Gwendolyn.