A beloved Mississippi barber has died from COVID-19 (coronavirus) after continuing to accept clients amid the ongoing pandemic.
According to outlet Gossip On This, Eugene Thompson, 46, died at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi, this past Saturday (April 4), less than a month after testing positive for the novel disease. Thompson, who owned barbershops Taper Nation and Taper Nation 2, first admitted he’d fallen ill in a Facebook post shared on March 17, which prompted him to close the doors to his business for the remainder of the week.
“Quarantine yourself stay away from people…places.. or things…I felt a little [achy]… fever was a little high so I came to get checked,” Thompson wrote at the time. “Tapernation will be closed for the rest of the week…well deserved rest and relaxation..”
The post came hours after Thompson shared the following warning to potential clients seeking cuts, “🚨PSA: Due to the coronavirus TaperNation will only be accepting clients that are ONLY receiving a service until further notice… SO if [you’re] not receiving a service … don’t come !!”