José R. Peralta, a former New York State Senator, has passed away at age 47. Peralta is the first Dominican-American to elected to New York’s State Senate.
The circumstances surrounding Peralta’s death are odd, to say the least.
Senator Peralta Complains Of Flu Shot Symptoms
Peralta complained of a mysterious illness for two weeks prior to his passing. According to an article in the New York Times, Peralta believed the cause of his symptoms to be related to a flu shot he’d recently received.
“It was like pulling teeth to get him to talk about not feeling well,” Mr. Chris Sosa, Peralta’s Director of Communications, said. “He just thought he was having symptoms related to getting the flu shot.”
Peralta began experiencing feeling so disorientation on Wednesday evening. He was immediately taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center in Queens. He passed away at the hospital at 9:23 p.m. An autopsy is being performed.
Medical Examiner Says ‘Septic Shock’ Likely Cause
New York City’s Medical Examiner’s office allegedly told Evelyn Peralta, his wife, that Peralta died of “septic shock,” according to the New York Post.
All they said is that he was septic,’ she said on Friday. ‘And that led to organ failure.’
Without the results of the autopsy, this diagnosis remains informal.
“As a member of the Assembly for eight years and then as senator, he fought tirelessly to make a difference for others, and he will always be remembered for his service to Queens and to all New Yorkers,” Mr. Cuomo said in a press statement.
“Jose Peralta was a proud son of Queens and the Dominican Republic. He worked his way up from the grassroots, with heart and tenacity,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Twitter.
Peralta recently lost his State Senate seat to Jessica Ramos. Peralta’s loss is said to have been a result of his aligning with Republicans via the Independent Democratic Conference. He served in the seat since 2010.