Chaldean man dies from coronavirus in Brussels

BRUSSELS – The coronavirus has claimed the life on a Chaldean businessman in Brussels, jading to the number of coronavirus deaths among members of the Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian diaspora.

Kamil Kyriakos (57) passed away days after he tested positive for the novel coronavirus COVID-19, which continues to spread around the world. As of Tuesday, the number of confirmed cases globally has surpassed 3.5 million. The virus is confirmed to have killed over 250,000 people.

Born in Zalin (Qamishli), Syria in 1963 to parents Joseph Kyriakos and Zakia Aslan, Kamil grew up in Aleppo. He had seven brothers – Elias, Estefan, Habib, Emile, Abboud, Rizuk, Sargon – and one sister, Maria. Most of his siblings live in the diaspora in Belgium and Canada.

Kyriakos emigrated to Belgium some 20 years ago and settled in Brussels where he owned several successful food markets.

A member of the Chaldean Church, he married Da’ad Tahadis and fathered three daughters, Acadia, Grace, and Lucy.

Kamil Kyriakos died on Sunday in a Brussels hospital.