2 Chicagoans killed by coronavirus identified

Timothy Loving, 59, and Diane Breymeyer, 80, both died of respiratory problems brought on by COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed coronavirus deaths in Cook County to four.

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Two more Cook County residents whose deaths are attributed to coronavirus have been identified, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths in the county to four.

Both were from Chicago, the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.

On Thursday, Diane Breymeyer, an 80-year-old woman who lived in the Old Town Triangle, died of pneumonia caused by COVID-19 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, an autopsy found. Heart disease and diabetes played a role as well.

The medical examiner’s office announced Friday that Michael Mika, 73, of Jefferson Park, was Cook County’s second confirmed coronavirus death.

The first — in both Cook County and Illinois — was Patricia Frieson, a 61-year-old Gresham woman who died Monday.

Timothy Loving, a 59-year-old man from Austin, died Tuesday morning at West Suburban Hospital in Oak Park, the medical examiner’s office said. An autopsy found he died of respiratory failure due to COVID-19, with chronic substance abuse and diabetes contributing.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Saturday that the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Illinois had risen to 753. Six of those people, including the four Cook County residents, have died from the virus.

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