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Father of 5 Dies from the Flu at Trenton's Oakwood Southshore

The 41-year-old man was typically very healthy, according to relatives.

Chris Wright, a 41-year-old father of five from Monroe, died Sunday from the flu at Oakwood Southshore Medical Center in Trenton. Photo credit: Rupp Funeral Home
Chris Wright, a 41-year-old father of five from Monroe, died Sunday from the flu at Oakwood Southshore Medical Center in Trenton. Photo credit: Rupp Funeral Home
A 41-year-old father of five from Monroe died Sunday from the flu at Oakwood Southshore Medical Center in Trenton.

The official cause of death for Chris Wright was Influenza A, but “we expect that it was probably H1N1,” said Monroe County Health Director Kim Comerzan, according to a story in the Toledo Blade.

Wright's passing brings the total of flu-related deaths in Michigan to at least about a dozen this season.

Wright didn't receive a flu vaccination as he was typically very healthy, according to the Toledo Blade story. He worked as a postal carrier in Ypsilanti and prior to that, worked as a reporter for The News-Herald Newspapers.

"Chris was a loyal and hard working man who had a very dry sense of humor," his online obituary says. "The two most important things to him were his family and his friends. He loved spending time with his children and step children treating them to his silly sense of humor and words of wisdom.

"He had a life long love of baseball. He began playing T-ball as a boy and continued playing all the way through high school. He also collected baseball cards and was an avid Detroit Tiger fan."

For more information on the flu, check out information provided by the Centers for Disease Control.

Read the hospital's statement.
Lisa Huggins January 15, 2014 at 11:46 PM
RIP Chris Your Family misses you!
softheart525 January 19, 2014 at 02:18 PM
flu shots are expensive and feel it should be a free benefit
Lisa Jean January 20, 2014 at 01:51 PM
sad.... get vaccinated folks!
Ferjo Byroy January 21, 2014 at 07:27 AM
This story inspired me to get my first flu shot. I'm 43 years old with a family. This is hitting too close to home.

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