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Papillion Man Dies From H1N1 Complications

Health officials say a Papillion man died from complications of the H1N1 virus.
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Health officials said a Papillion man has died from complications of the H1N1 virus.

The family of 29-year-old Steve Gilmore said he appeared healthy and then died nine days after becoming ill. They said he caught a cold, which developed into pneumonia.

Sarpy County Health officials said the latest H1N1 victim, who they have not yet identified as Gilmore, had a medical condition that made him more susceptible to the virus.

Gilmore's family said he may have had a cold but that it wasn't aware of any more serious, underlying conditions.

"We don't want anyone to think that because they don't have an existing medical condition to think that they are OK with this virus," said Debbie Rash, Gilmore's aunt.

He was not part of a group identified as high risk for the virus.

"He's not a young child and he's not a pregnant woman," said Barb Thoren, Gilmore's aunt.

The family said he became ill in late October and died on Wednesday.

Gilmore was employed by Markel BMW for the past three years. Coworkers said he was just named salesman of the year there.

His family said that he had lost his father to a drunken driver and took care of his mentally disabled brother and his mother, Kim Gilmore.

"He's a good man, a good young man, and then all of a sudden, he's gone," she said. "I still don't believe it."

She said she wishes her son had been able to marry and have children because he would have made a good father. She said she's still trying to come to terms with the loss. She urged anyone with concerns about H1N1 to see a doctor.

"I don't know what to do. I don't know what to say," she said. "I feel so numb. I still don't believe my son's gone."

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