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Man in famous 9/11 photo dies from COVID-19 in Florida

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Posted at 10:05 AM, Jul 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-05 10:05:17-04

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. -- A man photographed fleeing smoke and debris as the south tower of the World Trade Center crumbled just a block away on Sept. 11, 2001, has died from coronavirus.

The Palm Beach Post reports that Stephen Cooper died March 28 at in Delray Beach, Florida, due to COVID-19. He was 78.

The photo, captured by an Associated Press photographer, shows Cooper with a manila envelope tucked under his left arm. He and several other men were in a desperate sprint as a wall of debris from the collapsing tower looms behind them.

The image was published in newspapers around the world and is featured at the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York.

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