David Dubrow, a 21-year-old Miami native who spent this past summer interning at Miami New Times, has died after sustaining injuries from a house fire in Norwalk, Connecticut, last Sunday.
He passed away around 1 p.m. Tuesday.
The house fire, which is still being investigated, broke out around 5:30 a.m. August 18. Four men, all in their 20s, were in the house. Two escaped the blaze by jumping through windows (and have since been treated for minor burns and smoke inhalation and released from the hospital), while two others were trapped inside -- one in an upstairs bedroom and one collapsed behind the front door.
Norwalk resident Mike Ness, a former student at the University of Denver, died a few days after the incident.
Dubrow survived a little more than a week with 70 percent of his body covered in third-degree burns. Doctors at Bridgeport Burn Unit treated him for days.
Dubrow worked closely this summer with the sales and marketing staff at Miami New Times.
He was a graduate of Miami Beach Senior High and had just a few semesters left before he would earn a bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Denver. His internship earned him credits for school.
It pains me to no end to write his obituary, because he was a dear friend. We had lunch the day he left for his trip to New York and Connecticut. We were celebrating the end of his internship and had made plans to see each other when he returned to Miami before heading back to Denver for the beginning of classes. On one of our last days together, Dubrow asked me to clarify the definition of nostalgia. I explained it meant reminiscing about times past. And now this is what we'll do.
The New Times family sends its sincerest, most heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.
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