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Palm Beach County deputy dies from complications of coronavirus

Sgt. Jose Diaz Ayala, 38, had underlying health issues
Jose Diaz Ayala
Posted at 6:15 PM, Apr 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-05 13:32:17-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office announced Saturday that a 38-year-old sergeant has died due to complications from the coronavirus.

Sgt. Jose Diaz Ayala was battling other underlying health issues before contracting COVID-19, sheriff's spokeswoman Teri Barbera said in a news release announcing the death.

Diaz Ayala began his career with the department in 2006, working as a corrections deputy before being promoted to sergeant in 2016.

His death was announced on the same day that Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony said one of his deputies died after testing positive for COVID-19.

Diaz Ayala is survived by three daughters, two sisters, his mother and father.

Funeral arrangements are forthcoming.

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