‘Should have gotten the damn vaccine:’ Father of 5 dies of COVID after visiting San Diego


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LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — COVID-19 doesn’t seem to be slowing down in Nevada with the Delta variant leading the way.

The Silver State is averaging more than a thousand new cases a day as the calendar turns to August while just a month ago that number wasn't even 500.

Currently, 1,100 people are in the hospital fighting the virus.

Doctors say the overwhelming majority of hospitalizations and new cases are those who are not vaccinated.

And behind those numbers are real people.

Michael Freedy, 39, was a father of five who recently died in Las Vegas with one of his last texts to his fiancé reading “I should have gotten the damn vaccine.”

"A small fever, sick for a day, is better than having your loved ones have to bury you," said Freedy's fiance' Jessica DuPreez.

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She got vaccinated the day her fiance tested positive for COVID-19. It was too late for him.

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With the Rift Tour only a few days away, it looks like the star of it has been confirmed ahead of time. Ariana Grande will indeed be coming to Fortnite as a skin, and she looks like something out of a fighting game.

Over in France, ads have been popping up in the real world for the Rift Tour in Fortnite which people have been able to scan. The AR experience ends with a glimpse at the upcoming Ariana Grande skin in Fortnite, which you can check out courtesy of @iFireMonkey.

Here’s what Ariana Grande looks like in Fortnite:

There’s even a trailer which suggests that Ariana Grande (or at least her avatar) will be performing within Fortnite as part of the Rift Tour.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Ariana Grande skin in Fortnite.

Here are all the appearances of Ariana Grande in that leaked prototype trailer! pic.twitter.com/90M9sp7vAY

— HYPEX (@HYPEX) August 1, 2021

The Ariana Grande skin in Fortnite will come with multiple styles, not just the one already revealed.

While this style has silver hair, there’s another style will feature Ariana with her natural hair and maybe also some of the incarnations from her music videos.

As long as the ponytail is absolutely massive, it’ll be close to the real thing. More will be revealed on August 2nd.

Ariana Grande’s Fortnite skin is due to launch alongside the Rift Tour, which starts from August 6th. Ariana Grande, meanwhile, will be in the Item Shop on August 4th, 2021.

There are various different times to watch the Rift Tour depending on your region:

Bear in mind that you’re able to attend any of these showings, the specific regions are just to make sure you have the best viewing experience and connection.

The Ariana Grande skin will be available in the Item Shop over the course of Rift Tour, though it will probably remain in the Item Shop for at least one week.

Ariana Grande’s Fortnite skin will be in the Icon Series. Most Icon skins cost 1500 V-Bucks (roughly $10/£12), so unless Epic change their pricing dramatically, she should cost around the same.

Every Icon skin also comes with its own bundle, meaning that there will almost certainly be extra cosmetics to go alongside the skin itself. These typically cost 2800 V-Bucks ($19.99/£15.99) with prices changing depending on what you already own within the set.

Here’s some of what will be in the Ariana Grande bundle, which includes a Back Bling and an Emote.

Ariana Grande In-Game Look! pic.twitter.com/YLI3v9DRgp

— Shiina (@ShiinaBR) August 1, 2021

Ariana Grande's Emote (via @Guille_GAG)pic.twitter.com/BtTSoEFJcZ

— HYPEX (@HYPEX) August 1, 2021

It’s unclear yet whether or not the Arian skin will return to the Item Shop after the event concludes, but based on the fact that Travis Scott’s skin has been missing for almost a whole year, don’t count on it.

Ahead of the Rift Tour kicking off, don’t forget to make a start on your challenges for some free rewards.

Head on over to fn.gg/RiftTour for more info on Ariana Grande in Fortnite.

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Las Vegas father dies from COVID; ‘I should have gotten the damn vaccine’

Las Vegas Review-Journal 02 August, 2021 - 10:23pm

Jessica DuPreez, the fiancee of Henderson casino manager “Big Mike” Freedy, now urges everyone to get vaccinated.

Tucker Freedy keeps asking when Dad is coming home.

Each time he asks, Jessica DuPreez feels a stinging pain in her chest.

“There’s no revives, baby,” she tells her 6-year-old son. “Dad isn’t coming back.”

Tucker’s father, Mike Freedy, died Thursday morning at an area hospital of COVID-19 after doctors and nurses spent more than 30 minutes pumping his chest. He was 39.

“They couldn’t revive him,” DuPreez told the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Monday. “They kept going and going, but he was gone.”

In a matter of days, Freedy’s death — detailed in a GoFundMe campaign created by DuPreez — had garnered widespread attention around the country. More than $61,000 had been raised as of Monday evening.

From his hospital bed, days before he died, the Las Vegas man texted his fiancée: “I should have gotten the damn vaccine.”

The couple had made the decision together to wait a year before getting inoculated.

“If I could, I would do it all over again,” said DuPreez, who has since gotten her first dose. “We would have been the first in line for it.”

Freedy and DuPreez, both gaming industry workers, met in 2013 while working at the Potawatomi Hotel and Casino in Milwaukee.

An introvert, DuPreez surprised herself and made the first move. She was drawn to his smile and couldn’t stop thinking about him.

One day in the employee break room, she walked up to Freedy and gave him her phone number. They were together for seven years.

Freedy loved DuPreez’s three sons from previous relationships like they were his own. Together, they had two more children.

“But he was Daddy to all five of them,” DuPreez said. “They all looked up to him.”

Most people looked up to Freedy. He was 6-foot-5, and he had a larger-than-life personality — so much so that he was affectionately known by family and friends as Big Mike.

“He could walk into a room full of strangers and walk out with an invitation to be the best man at someone’s wedding,” his fiancee said. “Everybody loved Big Mike.”

With a personality like that, working on a casino floor came naturally to Freedy.

At the time of his death, he was working as an assistant floor manager at M Resort in Henderson.

“He was a gentle giant with a warm heart and was personable with his team members and guests,” according to a statement from the M management team. “He took pride in his job and everyone who knew him, knew his greatest joy was his family.”

In his honor, M Resort will hold a vaccination event Thursday for employees and their families. For every dose administered, and for every vaccine card presented during the event as proof of prior vaccination, the resort will make a donation to Freedy’s family.

DuPreez hopes her fiancé’s story will prompt others to get vaccinated.

“I would do anything to bring him back,” she said, crying. “I watched him die, and I wouldn’t wish that on anyone.”

In addition to his fiancee, Freedy leaves behind sons Brayden, Spencer, Korbin and Tucker; his 1-year-old daughter, BrynLee; his mother, Linda; his sister, Marley; his brother, Marty; and his nieces and nephews.

In Clark County, 49 percent of those 12 and older — the population eligible for the vaccine — are fully vaccinated.

Contact Rio Lacanlale at rlacanlale@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0381. Follow @riolacanlale on Twitter. Review-Journal staff writer Mary Hynes contributed to this report.

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