12-year-old Florida Boy Dies from Flu Virus

West Palm Beach, Fla. - A 12-year-old boy in West Palm Beach has died from the flu, his family said.

His family said that Dylan Winnik felt fine Saturday as he played at a birthday party. However, the boy came down with cold-like symptoms Sunday. By Tuesday, his condition worsened and a neighbor called 911.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said deputies were called to the 4600 block of Sunset Lane just after noon Tuesday and found the boy dead.
"We just honestly thought it was a common cold, because it happens," Dylan's brother said. "Even I had a cold, Iike, a week before him, and it just happens."

Dylan split his time between living with his father in West Palm Beach and his mother and her partner, Mike Medwin, in Coral Springs. Medwin said Dylan was just your typical boy who loved sports.

"It's something that you can't imagine," Medwin said. "You think it's somewhere off, somewhere else and it's not your problem, and then it's right here in a neighborhood like this."

Friends and family members are using a GoFundMe page to collect donations to help pay Dylan's funeral expenses.

"There is nothing that can ever explain the loss of a beautiful child at such an early age," Medwin said. "Dylan was highly intelligent, surprisingly funny and always full of life busy with his two brothers."


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