Nurse Working on Frontlines of Coronavirus Pandemic Found Dead in His Car: He Was 'a Loving Man'



Coddington and his mother fought on the night of April 24, Reuters reported. Carolyn told the outlet that she and Coddington made up after the argument, though her son headed to a hotel to rest instead of staying at their shared home.

The next morning, Carolyn found Coddington dead in his car at the hotel parking lot. She had driven there after checking her son's phone location and saw that he was not at the hospital.

While Coddington's cause of death has not yet been released, his family suspect he passed away from an overdose, Reuters reported.

The Broward County Medical Examiner’s Office and Broward County Sheriff’s Office did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.

“Addiction is not a choice, and if you ever run across people who struggle, always be kind. Encourage them, love them, always have compassion not judgement,” Carolyn said during Coddington's virtual funeral on May 6, according to NBC Miami.

Coddington's father Ron told the Palm Beach Post on Wednesday that the family has not received an autopsy report, so it's unclear if his son was related to the coronavirus.

"This is a very good kid. A loving man," he said of Coddington. “But he had his demons.”

On April 13, Coddington shared on his Facebook that his hospital was "rationing" personal protective equipment and the staff was "running out of gowns."

"We are having people make makeshift face shields that end up snapping while in patients rooms," he wrote at the time. "This isn’t my hospitals fault, as I’ve heard this from fellow nurses in different hospital districts."

PEOPLE is out to JFK Medical Center, though a spokesperson for the hospital told Reuters that the facility has “adequate supplies of PPE” and is “taking steps to conserve PPE because we do not know what our future needs will be."

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