Nico Santos Says Stepfather's Death From Coronavirus Is "Devastating"

Nico Santos

"The loss of my stepfather is devastating but what has gutted me is that this pandemic has kept my family apart," the 'Superstore' actor wrote in an Instagram post.

Nico Santos on Saturday evening revealed that his stepfather died after losing his battle with COVID-19 and that his mother is still fighting the infection.

"He was a kind, caring man. Friendly to a fault. He always greeted strangers walking past him with a chipper 'Good Morning!' and a big smile. He had a great laugh that filled the room with joy," he wrote of his stepfather's passing on Instagram. As for his mother, the Superstore actor noted for now she does not require hospitalization.  

"The loss of my stepfather is devastating but what has gutted me is that this pandemic has kept my family apart," Santos added in his post. 

The Crazy Rich Asians actor continued that he was unable to see his stepfather before he died and "can’t hold my mother as she mourns her husband."

"I can’t hug my brother as he contemplates a world without his father. I can’t wipe away the tears from my nephews' eyes as they wonder why their Lolo Sonny isn’t here anymore," Santos wrote. 

On March 22, the actor had tweeted, "If you have prayers, positive thoughts and energy to spare please send them our way. My family could use it. Stay safe everyone. And STAY HOME."

As of this writing, there are over 600,000 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus worldwide and over 30,000 have died, while over 140,000 have recovered from the illness. Earlier on Saturday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom said the number of people hospitalized across the state spiked to more than 1,000 and that overnight the number of people admitted to intensive care units doubled from 200 to more than 400.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

This is my stepdad Sonny and my mom Tita. My Tito Sonny passed away yesterday after losing his battle with COVID-19. He was a kind, caring man. Friendly to a fault. He always greeted strangers walking past him with a chipper ‘Good Morning!’ and a big smile. He had a great laugh that filled the room with joy. My mom is also fighting COVID-19. For the time being, she has not required hospitalization. The loss of my stepfather is devastating but what has gutted me is that this pandemic has kept my family apart. We were unable to be with him during his last days. I can’t hold my mother as she mourns her husband. I can’t hug my brother as he contemplates a world without his father. I can’t wipe away the tears from my nephews’ eyes as they wonder why their Lolo Sonny isn’t here anymore. I want to thank everyone of you who offered up prayers, love and assistance to our family during this difficult time. Please continue to pray and send healing energy to my mom. I hope all of you are staying safe and healthy. Rest In Peace Tito Sonny. I love you.

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