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Another Winter Party Festival attendee dies of coronavirus in South Florida

Coronavirus claims life of another person who attended Winter Party of Miami Beach
Coronavirus claims life of another person who attended Winter Party of Miami Beach

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Thom Carr, a classical pianist who also worked as a real estate agent died of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus, his family said on Wednesday. He was 67.

As the virus attacked his lungs, he received convalescent plasma therapy, which relies on blood donations from survivors who have antibodies, a relative said.

Carr released his album “Broadway & Beyond” with 23 piano solos in 2014. Kathy Parsons reviewed the album for the Mainly Piano magazine writing, “Carr obviously has some spectacular playing chops.”

Carr, who lived in Fort Lauderdale, attended the annual Winter Party Festival held during the coronavirus pandemic in March. At least two other attendees have died of COVID-19.

A diabetic who suffered from minor kidney issues, Carr was otherwise healthy, relatives said.

Last month, Carr’s husband told Local 10 News’ Clay Ferraro he isolated himself after he started feeling ill, and was taken to the hospital March 23rd.

"They’re not allowing anyone into the hospital," said husband J. Heider. "I’m not allowed to hold his hand and tell him how much I love him."

The family is now hoping to hold a memorial service when loved ones can get together again.

Carr’s sister, Suzi, told Local 10, “I am very proud of what a kind, loving, talented and creative person Thom was. He was the best brother anyone could have. I can’t imagine life without him.”

About the Authors:

Janine Stanwood joined Local 10 News in February 2004 as an assignment editor. She is now a general assignment reporter. Before moving to South Florida from her Washington home, Janine was the senior legislative correspondent for a United States senator on Capitol Hill.

The Emmy Award-winning journalist joined the Local 10 News team in 2013. She wrote for the Miami Herald for more than 9 years and won a Green Eyeshade Award.