View co-host Sunny Hostin revealed on Friday’s show that both her parents had died of COVID-19.
The 52-year-old lawyer, who married Emmanuel (Manny) Hostin in 1998, was close to tears as emotional parents reported that both his parents had contracted the virus and succumbed to the disease the previous week.
She says both were doctors and ‘very careful,’ leaving the holidays to be safe – but the epidemic is ‘very serious’ and should be taken by others.
Sad: 52-year-old Sunny, who had been married to Manny Hostin since 1998, revealed today on The View that both of her parents had died of COVID-19 while on vacation
Could have been avoided: She said both were doctors and ‘very careful,’ staying home from Thanksgiving ceremonies because they had decided ‘not safe’
Lost: Dr. a. Emanuel was just 83 on Christmas day and died on 28 December, while Drs. Maria Jesus, who died on 1 January, had turned 78 on Christmas Eve.
Sunny said on the show this morning that her husband is very private, but it was very important not to share this particular news.
‘After speaking with [my husband]”He felt that from a public health point of view it was very important for me to share that we are deeply saddened that Manny has lost his parents over the holidays, ‘she said.
‘He lost his father on 28 December and he lost his mother both on New Year’s Day.’
His father, Drs. a. Emanuel was just 83 years old on Christmas. His mother, Drs. Maria Jesus had turned 78 on Christmas Eve. Both opted to avoid spending time with their family on Thanksgiving to protect their health.
‘They were both physicians and they were both very careful,’ she went on. ‘They did not celebrate thanks with us because we decided it was not safe.
‘And after tracing a lot of contacts, we still don’t know how they contracted the virus and the disease,’ she continued.
Message: Sunny said on the show this morning that her husband is very private, but it was very important not to share this special news
He urged the audience: ‘I beg you, social distance, wear your mask, wash your hands, and if you have the opportunity to take this vaccine, take it’
She praised the doctors and nurses, who gave her ‘unbelievable care’ to her in-laws, saying ‘they were doing God’s work’.
He said that he also did ‘FaceTime’ with Manny’s parents while he was passing.
But with careful behavior and good doctors, her in-laws didn’t make it – and Sunny said her family was in ‘deep sorrow’ over the loss of Manni’s parents, urging people to take the virus seriously.
‘COVID is very serious. It’s not a joke, it’s not a hoax, ‘she said. ‘We want everyone to know that you are healthy and you will not be affected, but you can be an odd carrier. You can risk what you love.
‘So please, I beg you, social distance, wear your mask, wash your hands and take it if you get a chance to take this vaccine.’
She said she plans to get the vaccine when it is available to her, and her husband has received her first dose.
Sunny also thanked her co-hosts, saying that they call the food (Whoopi Goldberg) and Bourbon (Meghan McCain) and wrap up their love with them.