José Kuri Harfush, one of the first COVID-19 cases in Mexico, passes away
After more than four months in the hospital, almost since the beginning of the pandemic, the businessman died of coronavirus on July 26.
Back in early May, when the pandemic had just started in Mexico, businessman José Kuri Harfush, member of the board of directors of Inbursa Financial Group, was diagnosed with COVID-19.
According to Proceso, Kuri Harfush contracted the disease in May during a business trip he made to Vail, Colorado alongside other Mexican entrepreneurs.
The group was also included by Jaime Ruiz Sacristán, who also died for COVID-19 on April 12.
Since the Mexican businessman was diagnosed positive and hospitalized with COVID-19, several rumors regarding his death have come out. However, the fake news had been quickly dismissed by the Health Ministry.
— SALUD México (@SSalud_mx) March 16, 2020
However, after more than four months of hospitalization in critical care, José Kuri Harfush died at the age of 71 as a result of COVID-19 complications.
The news was made official Sunday night through the Twitter account of Mexico’s Chancellor, Marcelo Ebrad.
Lamento el sensible fallecimiento de José Kuri Harfush, abrazo solidario a familia y amigos, descanse en paz.
— Marcelo Ebrard C. (@m_ebrard) July 26, 2020
Apart from Kuri Harfush’s role at Inbursa Financial Group, the businessman and Carlos Slim’s cousin, was a key member of Slim’s business group.
Besides his role as a business strategist in seven of his companies and also stakeholder in other 16 of them, Kuri Harfush was the proprietary advisor in Carso Group, with more than 10 years working as the CEO of the audit committee at Telmex.
Another public figure that sent condolences to Kuri’s family through his Twitter account was ex-secretary director Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong.
Lamento el fallecimiento del empresario José Kuri Harfush; mi más sentido pésame a sus seres queridos. Descanse en paz.
— Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong (@osoriochong) July 27, 2020
José Kuri Harfush joins the list of deaths by COVID-19 in Mexico, that as of July 26, reported more than 43,000 losses.