"I can’t breathe again," Christian Cabrera wrote last Thursday, FOX 11 in Los Angeles reported. "I really regret not getting the vaccine. If I could do it all over again I would do it in a heartbeat to save my life."
By that time his lungs had weakened to the point it was hard for him to speak, according to KTLA-TV in Los Angeles. He died on Saturday.
"He keeps saying, ‘Please keep take care of my son,’" Jino Cabrera, his brother, told KTLA last week before the death. "He knows he might not make it. He might die in there."
Cabrera was married with a 3-year-old boy.
Christian Cabrera, 40, died at Sherman Oaks Hospital in Los Angeles of COVID-19 complications Saturday, two weeks after he was diagnosed. (Google Maps)
The brother said Christian was skeptical of the science behind the vaccine and always claimed he "never" gets sick.
"My mom, she misses him so much," he told FOX 11, adding that their grief has been compounded by the fact the hospital told them they have to pick up his body by Friday because the morgue is full and no funeral homes or cemeteries are available until February.
Cabrera was diagnosed with the virus after Christmas and was hospitalized last week with shortness of breath, according to KTLA.
A Massachusetts resident gets the booster vaccine. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File) (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
Cabrera was also an internet comedian known as "Chinese Best Friend" on a podcast he did with fellow comic Michael Blackson.
"This is absolutely the worst day of my life. Rip @Chinesebestfrnd," Blackson tweeted Saturday.
The virus has surged in Los Angeles because of the highly contagious omicron variant discovered last fall.
Vaccinated and boosted people are 25 times less likely to end up in the intensive care unit with the virus than unvaccinated people, the Los Angeles County Health Department said in a news release last week. Unvaccinated people are six times more likely to go to the ICU than those with only two doses.