Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola on American soil, died in a Dallas, Texas, hospital on Wednesday morning.
According to WFAA, officials at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas where Duncan was being treated confirmed his passing.
“It is with profound sadness and heartfelt disappointment that we must inform you of the death of Thomas Eric Duncan this morning at 7:51 am,” read a statement released by the hospital. “Mr. Duncan succumbed to an insidious disease, Ebola. He fought courageously in this battle. Our professionals, the doctors and nurses in the unit, as well as the entire Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas community, are also grieving his passing. We have offered the family our support and condolences at this difficult time."
Duncan had been in isolation since Sept. 28. Over the weekend, medical officials downgraded his status to “critical.”
"My thoughts are with the family and friends of Thomas Eric Duncan at this time, especially his fiancée Louise, their son Karsiah and all those who loved him,” Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said in a statement. “We are also thinking of the dedicated hospital staff who assisted Mr. Duncan daily while he fought this terrible disease. We offer prayers of comfort and peace to everyone impacted by his passing."
We will continue to update this story as more information comes in.
Sources: WFAA, NBC