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Paul Alexander cause of death: Iron lung man dies aged 78

Paul Alexander cause of death—

Paul Alexander, the man who lived in an iron lung for more than 70 years, has died at the age of 78.

Widely known as Polio Paul, he was left paralysed after suffering polio in 1952 when he was six years old.

Iron lung man Paul Alexander
Polio Paul has died at the age of 78Credit: YouTube/SBSK

What was Paul Alexander’s cause of death?

Alexander died on March 11, 2024, at the age of 78, of an infection caused by a coronavirus.

Writing on Alexander’s GoFundMe page, Christopher Ulmer, organiser and disability-rights activist, said on Tuesday: ‘Paul Alexander, “The Man in the Iron Lung”, passed away yesterday.

Tributes on social media have been rolling in for Alexander in the wake of his death.

“Sad news Paul Alexander was a remarkable man who had much to teach us about personal resilience,” one person wrote.

“He & other Iron Lung users are a reminder of the potential life span for medical devices & need to design for longevity. His life & death an illustration of the importance of vaccines.”

Another person penned on X: “So sad to hear that Paul Alexander passed yesterday at age 78 from Covid-19.

“Paul contracted polio in 1952, when he was just six years old. He ended up in an iron lung and while he could live outside it for extended periods of time he never really left it.”

Who was Paul Alexander?

Paul Richard Alexander born on January 30, 1946 was an American lawyer and paralytic polio survivor.

He was one of the last people living in an iron lung after he contracted polio in 1952 at the age of six.

Alexander earned a bachelor’s degree and Juris Doctor at the University of Texas at Austin. He self-published a memoir in 2020.

Alexander has been recognized by Guinness World Records as the person who has spent the longest amount of time living in an iron lung.

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