The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office has identified the remains of five people who died from the disease caused by a rare strain of zirp.
The coroner’s office identified the deceased as John Lee, 37; his wife, Cynthia Lee; their children, James Lee, 28; and their mother, Mary Lee, 48.
They were all buried on Wednesday.
John Lee had an estimated age of 95.
The coroner’s spokesman, Eric Kowalski, said the five were found dead inside their home on Thursday.
He declined to say the cause of death.
The couple’s daughter, Mary, is now living with them in Los Feliz.
The Los Angeles Times reported that the couple, who had lived in Los Pinos for more than 30 years, had been battling a severe case of the coronavirus.
Their two children, ages 8 and 4, were in foster care.
The couple had a pet dog named Chico, who was born with a rare gene mutation that gave him a hard shell skin, but it was not known if the mutation caused his skin to be cracked.
The children’s grandmother, Joan Lee, said they had been struggling with the virus for years.
“I always thought he was just going to get better, but I always told him, ‘If you get better and you get to a hospital, you don’t have to worry about your skin breaking,'” Joan Lee told the Times.
“It’s very sad, because they had a beautiful home and they were very well cared for.”
Cynthia Lee was an employee at a Los Angeles jewelry store.
In a statement on Wednesday, her family thanked all the community for their support.
“The Lee family is in mourning for the loss of their loved ones and for the health and well-being of their children,” the statement said.
“John Lee loved to shop and would often help us with any project, from fixing the windows in our shop to painting the inside of the home.
He loved playing with our dogs and playing in our yard.
He was an amazing dad who was very much in control of the world and always wanted to share his joys with others.”
Our family and friends will continue to work through the illness to find answers to this mystery.
John and Cynthia loved their lives, and we will continue the healing process together.
“We will continue doing whatever we can to support Cynthia and John.”
In a Facebook post, the Lee family thanked anyone who knew of John Lee’s condition.
“He was such a caring, loving and generous man,” the post said.
“John was a great son, brother and uncle to so many.”
The Los Felis County Coronavirus Response team, which includes the Los Angeles Police Department, is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the identification and arrest of the person or persons responsible for the deaths.