A Mississippi barbershop owner has died from the coronavirus. Eugene Thompson had just celebrated his 46th birthday days before testing positive for the virus on March 22. Two days later, he was in the hospital fighting to stay alive.
“Our last memory of him is getting on the ambulance. We weren’t able to say goodbye. He was alone. My brother was all by himself,” Dedra Edwards, Eugene’s sister told WJTV News.
Thompson owned and operated two barbershops, TaperNation, in his Brookhaven community and was well-known as a family man, businessman, and mentor to aspiring barbers.
“He was my best friend,” said his daughter, Monique Thompson. “I didn’t get a chance to tell him goodbye.”
While Mississippi was one of the last states to call for a statewide shelter-in-place order on April 3, it had declared a state of emergency on March 14 and began shutting down non-essential businesses as early as March 24.
Thompson’s family believes his haircutting business is what led to his death.
“Everybody before you go outside, or before you decide to go to your friend’s house make sure before you make that decision you know going outside that door could very well kill you, your children, or your parents,” said Dedra.
A haircut is not worth your (or a loved one’s) life. Stay safe.
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