Boy dies of complications from the flu after visiting WNY

Faith Castro
January 18, 2018

[UPDATED 10:39 a.m January 16] The cause of the death of the 10-year-old New Canaan fourth grader was flu complicated by pneumonia followed by sepsis, according to a New Canaan health official on Tuesday, January 16, at 10 a.m.

News10NBC is told Nico Mallozzi, of New Canaan, Conn., was in Buffalo to play in the Cup North American Championship when he got sick.

On Tuesday, it was learned Nico's brother was also hospitalized after showing flu symptoms, but he's showing signs of progress and is recovering. "If you're not vaccinated, get vaccinated now". "At this point, it has been confirmed that Nico had been diagnosed with Influenza B, a strain of the flu that is now spreading in the Northeast".

"I recommended and continue to recommend that people get their flu vaccination as there is a higher than usual number of cases this year", Reed added.

An online memorial fund established by members of the Connecticut RoughRiders Hockey Program to support the Mallozzis has raised more than $50,000 in less than one day.

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The superintendent in the same message also notified parents that because of the presence of flu, public school custodians are doing extra "cleanings" at all buildings.

"There are no words to describe the loss we feel", a Mallozzi family statement on the site read. According to a tweet from Xavier High School Headmaster Dave Eustis, there will be a moment of silence held in Mallozzi's honor at the New Canaan/Xavier game on January 16. "But, Nico was a very lively, vibrant spirited kid".

A GoFundMe created on January 15 for the "Nico Mallozzi Memorial Fund", meant to support the family and created by someone in the hockey community, raised $500 about 30 minutes after being created. "Our rink won't be the same without him".

"Nico's sly little smile and charm have captivated, entertained and kept us on our toes", said the GoFundMe description, quoting one of Mallozzi's coaches.

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