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Haledon NJ man, family’s ‘backbone’, dies of COVID-19 complications

Haledon NJ man, family's 'backbone', dies of COVID-19 complications

HALEDON — Alesandro LaRosa was the glue that held everything together.

After he and his family suffered a tragic blow in the fall of 2020, he performed in a new capacity. He became the head of the household.

“That’s why we were so proud of him,” says Yolanda LaRosa, his cousin.

Then the unthinkable happened on January 8th.

LaRosa, 31, died of COVID-19 complications and natural causes, including a history of breathing problems, his cousin said. He fathered a 9-year-old boy, Alesandro Jr., who lives in Franklin Lakes and attends High Mountain Road School.

He never fully recovered after contracting the virus in November 2020, his cousin said. He had fallen into a coma at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center in Paterson and woke up two months later, she said. “We thought we would lose him,” she said, “but God gave us another year with him.”

LaRosa, center, pictured with his sister, Johanna, and brother, Carmen, after the death of their parents in October 2020.

LaRosa’s death comes less than two years since his parents, Tina and Corrado LaRosa, were died in a car accident at the intersection of Belmont Avenue and John Street after leaving an engagement party at The Brownstone in Paterson.

“We just ask people to pray for our families,” Franklin Lakes’ LaRosa said. “We’ve been through so much. But it’s up to God – if God wanted him, then it will happen.”