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.