(WNBC-TV) — A New York teenager who collapsed in his yard and later died may have been bitten by a tick carrying a deadly disease, his family says.
Seventeen-year-old Joseph Elone of Poughkeepsie, an honor roll student who wanted to become an environmental engineer, died shortly after midnight Aug. 5, according to his family.
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"Joe was full of life, gifted in so many things," said grieving father Benedict Elone.
Elone had a minor cough, fatigue and a headache for about two weeks before his death, but his family said it seemed like a summer cold.