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22-year-old flu victim's family, friends speak to KFOX14
By: Bill Melugin
EL PASO, Texas -- The flu claimed the life of 22-year-old UTEP student Rene Delgado this past week.
Delgado's family and friends spoke with KFOX14 from their west side home about his tragic death, and provided photos of him.
According to Delgado's father and sister, he had been somewhat sick heading into the weekend, and was hospitalized on Saturday. By Tuesday, he had passed away.
His family said he never got a flu shot.
Delgado's friends told KFOX14 everyone called him "Alex", and "Alejandro", and that he worked at the west El Paso Cinemark movie theater.
He had no underlying health issues, and was considered very fit and healthy.
Two of his neighbors spoke to KFOX14 about how active he was.
"He was very happy and healthy, he was always outside playing basketball, he was always active and in good shape, he never drank soda, he would always drink water, and he was just very healthy, said Isabel Celes. He was always outside, never on the couch sitting down eating potato chips, he was always outside exercising."
"He was always outside playing basketball, and he was just really friendly," said Austin Bedoia. "He was really young, and really fit and active."
Both neighbors told KFOX14 they were shocked when they heard Delgado had passed away.
"I found out this morning and I started crying, everyone was asking what's wrong and I was like my neighbor passed away, from the flu," Celes said. "It just like doesnt make any sense."
Celes told KFOX14 the last time she talked to Delgado, he was playing basketball.
"He was talking to me about sports and exercise and he offered me a drink," Celes said. "I asked him for soda and he was like, 'we don't have soda we have water', and then he was telling me that I need to be active in sports."