Maxx Cheng, 13, began feeling badly on July 4. His family took him for a coronavirus test, but he tested negative,
A family friend told, “It’s very, very shocking, saddening, paralyzing,” said Nicole Weinstein, a family friend told ABC. “The minute I heard, it was like a huge bright light had been extinguished. He had so much charisma, so much positive energy. He was class president last year.”
“His symptoms matched, but then the test came out negative,” Charlotte Cheng, his sister, told CBS. “So we were a little bit confused.”
Cheng’s family opted to isolate him because of his symptoms, but at some point, they went to check on him and found him unconscious.
He wasn’t answering. We found him passed out in the room,” his sister said.
In the days leading to his death, his symptoms of nausea, vomiting, and chest pains seemed to have subsided.
According to his family, Maxx experienced “nausea, vomiting, chest pains,” but his symptoms had seemed to improve in the days leading up to his death. His sister said he had no cough and his fever had gone down.
“Maxx Cheng was one of Claremont’s finest young men who was recently lost during this pandemic,” the fundraiser reads. “Maxx was athletic, intelligent, funny, and mature and was voted Class President of Chaparral Elementary before heading off to El Roble. He played the viola with El Roble’s orchestra, was part of El Roble’s Speech and Debate team and competed in swimming (photo here at his recent competition).”
In Los Angeles County, about 7 percent of confirmed coronavirus cases involve children, according to health officials.