Doctors Write off Dad's Sickness as 'Bad Case of the Flu.' Dad Dead 3 Days Later


Adrian Munoz was a dedicated husband and father. He enjoyed spending time with his family whether it was teaching his kids how to surf or vacationing with his wife.

Whenever his busy work schedule allowed it, he would spend time with those he cared about.

Unfortunately, after what first seemed to be a bad case of the flu, they are now mourning his death.

On Dec. 30, Munoz went to the doctor with flu-like symptoms. With nothing seemingly abnormal, he was told to go home and get some rest.

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But when his blood work came back, he was diagnosed with Necrotizing Fasciitis, a type of bacterial infection that eats away at internal organs.

Doctors raced against the infection, removing as much tissue as they could but unfortunately, it was too late.

Munoz passed away only a couple days after being diagnosed. He left behind his beloved wife of 12 years and two children, both under the age of 13.

He had a demanding career as the Vice President and Production Manager at Pro Systems, an audio-visual production company in Sorrento Valley, but always made sure to make time for his family.

On business trips abroad, he made sure to fly his wife over to be with him and when he came back, he would make up for lost time with his kids.

Many people knew him as not only a family man, a hard worker, but also as a great friend. “We’re a family and Adrian was our brother,” his coworker, Matt Schwartz told NBC San Diego. “It was heartbreaking to learn about what had happened to him.”

A family friend started a GoFundMe in order to help his wife, Luisa Munoz, and to their surprise, it has now gained over $36,000 in donations from 251 people.

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The money beyond funeral costs will go towards helping Munoz’s children with their pursuits and possibly even college.

“Luisa and her family are completely overwhelmed by all the love and support they have received over the past few days. She is beyond thankful for all the kind words, memories shared, and generous donations from so many people, people who don’t even know Adrian or Luisa, but are giving from their heart to show their love and support for Luisa and the family.”

Though his death was premature, Munoz and the legacy he left behind will not be forgotten.

Ahead of his memorial ceremony, his mom, Julie Munoz, said that she was expecting 300 people to came. The actual number ended up being closer to 600.

“We have family in Mexico, we have family in Utah,” Julie said. “As soon as they knew, they were here. They were here because Adrian was that kind of person that everybody loved.”

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