By CBSLA Staff

LONG BEACH (CBSLA) — The mother of Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia has died from complications of COVID-19.

Gaby O’Donnell was 61 years old. She and her husband, Greg O’Donnell, both tested positive earlier this month. He remains hospitalized and on a ventilator.

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“It is with deep sadness that I share that my mother, Gaby O’Donnell, has passed away due to complications from COVID-19. My brother and I are heartbroken,” Garcia said in a statement.

Garcia previously said that his mother worked at a healthcare clinic. In sharing the news of her death, he described her as “the kindest and most compassionate person we’ve ever known.”

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“She immigrated from Peru to the United States in search of the American Dream — and she found it. She became a healthcare worker, caring for thousands of patients over her career and assisting nurses and doctors who she loved dearly. She loved to help people and lived a happy and joyous life,” Garcia said in the statement.