Local cab driver dies after being hospitalized for flu

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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - At least four people in Lucas County have died in the past week after getting the flu.

Now, one local family says the influenza virus has led to the death of yet another person.

"I thought I had hoped he would get better, but it didn't turn out that way," says Erica Orwig, whose husband, Michael Orwig died January 11, 2018, at the age of 71.

His stepdaughter, Beverly Hudson, says Orwig was a cab driver in Toledo for more than 40 years.

On January 1, 2018, Hudson says her stepfather went to the hospital because he had the flu.

"I understand he was sick, but just something didn't go right," says Hudson.

While he was there, she says Orwig developed pneumonia and had a heart attack.

"I was just telling the doctors I want something done. He was, when he went in there, he was communicating," continued Hudson. "Then, it got to a point where he wasn't even opening up his eyes."

Hudson says her stepfather had underlying medical conditions after he was attacked and beaten while driving his cab in Sylvania Township in 2010.

Terrance Brown, who was 17 at the time, was sentenced to four years behind bars after pleading guilty to Aggravated Robbery and Felonious Assault.

At the time, The Blade reported Orwig suffered a fractured nose and skull and bleeding on the brain. He was robbed of $7.00.

Since the attack eight years ago, Hudson says her father had heart trouble and needed a pacemaker. Ultimately, those at the hospital said her father had a heart attack during his final days.

"It hasn't set in, but I know he's gone and I know that he's not coming back," adds Orwig's wife. "But I will see him someday."

A spokesperson for the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department says they are now waiting for the coroner's report. It will determine whether Orwig's death will officially be considered flu-related.

Orgwig's family is planning a Celebration of Life in his honor 3:00PM Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, at King of Glory Lutheran Church, 6517 Brint Rd., Sylvania, OH 43560. It is open to everyone.