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The 19-year-old originally suspected pneumonia. He died within 48 hours after first saying he was ill.
Dustin Hayth, 19, died Tuesday after a brief and mysterious illness friends and family initially thought was pneumonia.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
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An apparently healthy 19-year-old Radford man died Tuesday after a brief and mysterious illness friends and family initially thought was pneumonia.
Dustin Hayth had lived in Roanoke and attended Patrick Henry High School before attending school in Franklin County and finally graduating from Christiansburg High School, said Tammy Cupp, mother of Hayth’s girlfriend.
Hayth and Breigh Cupp had spent a week at the beach with her aunt, uncle and nephew and returned over the weekend with the young nephew suffering from pneumonia, according to Tammy Cupp.
Soon, Hayth began to feel poorly and suspected he had pneumonia, too. His girlfriend took him to an urgent care facility, and from there he was taken to a hospital in Radford. Soon after that, Tammy Cupp said, he was airlifted to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where he died less than 48 hours after first saying he felt ill.
It was unclear Tuesday if an autopsy would be performed.
An avid outdoorsman and a wrestler and baseball player in high school, he continued to be in good health, Tammy Cupp said. Hayth worked for her at her business, the Sportsman Campground and Country Store on the New River in Radford. Hayth lived in her home while he finished high school, and for a year he and Breigh Cupp had been living together.
“They would have married and had kids,” Tammy Cupp said, “and his life was just snuffed out.”
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