Household says London, Ont. Teenage boy who died of COVID-19 didn’t have any underlying circumstances

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MIDDLESEX CENTER, ONT. – The London teenager who died of COVID-19 has been identified as Owen Brandies by his family.

Brandice Arquette tells CTV News London that her brother died of COVID-19 on Tuesday night.

The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) reported the death on Thursday.

Arquette says she spoke to the coroner who confirmed he had no underlying or pre-existing conditions.

Officials said he was hospitalized with difficulty breathing and died the same day.

Brandies is the most recent COVID-19 death in the Middlesex-London area.

Previously, 19-year-old Yassin Dabeh, who died in January, was the region’s youngest death related to the pandemic.

During a virtual media briefing on Thursday, the MLHU health officer Dr. Chris Mackie’s death as tragic.

“It is a great loss to our community and a sign that COVID will not meet previous limits, especially with the new worrying variants.”

He also confirmed that other members of Brandie’s family were also infected.

A GoFundMe campaign was set up to support the family.