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Member of famed Tuskegee Airmen dies from coronavirus

Lt. Col. Theodore G. Lumpkin attends the screening of 'The Tuskegee Airmen: Sacrifice And Triumph', on Oct. 1, 2015 in Los Angeles.

One of the famed Tuskegee Airmen — the first Black pilots in the segregated U.S. military and among the most respected fighter pilots of World War II — has died from complications of the coronavirus, it was announced Friday.

Theodore Lumpkin Jr. was just days short of his 101st birthday.

Lumpkin, a Los Angeles native, died Dec. 26, according to a statement from Los Angeles City College, which he attended from 1938 to 1940.

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