Man in famous 9/11 photo dies from COVID-19 in Florida: 'He was a fighter'

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Man in 911 iconic photo dies of Covid-19You probably never met Stephen Cooper, but chances are you’ve seen him before.

On Sept. 11, 2001, Cooper was photographed fleeing smoke and debris as the south tower of the World Trade Center crumbled just a block away.

The picture by an Associated Press photographer was published in newspapers and magazines all over the world and has been seen by many others at the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York.

“He didn’t even know the photograph was taken,” said Janet Rashes, Cooper’s partner for 33 years. “All of a sudden, he’s looking in Time magazine one day, and he sees himself and says, ‘Oh my God. That’s me.’ He was amazed. Couldn’t believe it.”

Cooper, an electrical engineer from New York who lived part-time in the Delray Beach area, died March 28 at Delray Medical Center from coronavirus. He was 78.

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