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A Pennsylvania man has died from complications just five days after catching the flu.

Kyler Baughman, 21, first became ill on Dec. 23, 2017, WPXI reported. The bodybuilder and his family didn't think much of the symptoms at the time.

"We saw him the 23rd for our family Christmas get-together and we noticed he wasn't feeling well,” Beverly Baughman, Kyler's mother, told WPXI. “He looked rundown and had a bit of a snotty nose."

Kyler celebrated Christmas night with his family and returned to work the following day. He came home early that day because he was still feeling sick.

"He kinda just laid down and went about his day and that was the day he was coughing and said his chest hurt, he had a mild cough," Kyler's fiancee, Olivia Marcanio, told the news station.

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"I think he thought, 'I just got the flu, I'll be alright. I'll go rest a little bit,'" Beverly added.

But Kyler's condition quickly worsened. He was airlifted to a local hospital after being taken to the emergency room. He died on Dec. 28, 2017, less than 24 hours after arriving.

Beverly said her son was in great shape.

"He was into physical fitness," Beverly said. "He was going to school to be a personal trainer."

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Doctors told Beverly her son died from complications from the flu.

"Organ failure due to septic shock caused by influenza," Beverly explained. "It doesn't seem real."

According to his family, Kyler did not receive his flu vaccination. They are now hoping that by sharing their son's story, they will help prevent another family from losing a loved one.

"Try and know your body. Don't let things go," Kyler’s father, Todd Baughman, told the news station. "Whenever you have a fever for multiple days, don't let it go, get it taken care of."

"I just think he ignored it and thought it’d go away like most people, and I think people need to pay more attention to their bodies," Beverly added.

While the family may still be grieving the sudden and unexpected loss of their son, Todd recently took to Facebook to share a message of hope and motivation.

"Big changes for 2018, and it's not because it's a new year. Massive motivation!!!" wrote Todd, who is a motorcyclist. "Finally going to act on what he would tell me. Dad, you can't quit riding, lose the weight so you can race again."

Sources: WPXI, Todd Baughman/Facebook / Featured Image: Public Domain Pictures / Embedded Images: Daily Mail

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