ANAHEIM, California – A Filipino American nurse who was known as a Disney fan and influencer on Instagram died of coronavirus 26 days after he and his sister, also a nurse, tested positive for the virus.
Joshua Obra, 29, was a nursing supervisor at a convalescent facility in Long Beach, but he was also known as the Disneyland Panda because of his love of everything Disney. Obra died on July 6 after he was hospitalized while self-quarantining with his sister, Jasmine.
“I think in health care, when the Covid-19 pandemic came around, it’s one of those things where as a nurse, you don’t run away from the fire, you run straight into the fire,” his sister Jasmine Obra told ABC-TV.
Obra traveled extensively, visiting all Disneyland parks. Due to his love of all things Disney he became acquainted with reporters and employees of the local ABC TV affiliate.
“It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of one of our favorite Eyewitnesses,” ABC7 wrote in a caption on Instagram. “
“Josh was a sweet and kind man, and a talented photographer. You can tell from his Instagram handle that he was a huge Disney fan, and he participated in many Disney and ABC7 events and initiatives over the years. He was someone you could depend on, and was always very generous with his time and talent,” added the station.
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