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Oscar Leeser speaks out on death of his mother, says she was ‘the victim of Covid-19’

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Oscar Leeser's parents.

UPDATE, Nov. 24: Former mayor and now-mayoral candidate Oscar Leeser is confirming that his mother died from having contracted Covid-19.

"My mother was the victim of Covid-19," he told the audience of an online voter forum hosted by the Northeast Democratic Party Association. It was his first public disclosure about the cause of her death.

Leeser's comments came as he expressed his concern about El Paso's growing virus death toll and pointed out that every body being held in refrigerated trailers at the county morgue is a loved one of grieving families.

Leeser said that his mother lived for five days with the virus before succumbing to it; he said she suffered from underlying health conditions - as do many El Pasoans.

You can view Leeser's remarks starting around the 12-minute mark of the below video.

ORIGINAL REPORT, Nov. 13: EL PASO, Texas -- Perhaps one of the best known mothers in all of El Paso has passed away.

Mayoral candidate and auto dealer Oscar Leeser announced the death of his mother, Rhoberta, on social media Friday morning.

She was often seen in television ads for his Hyundai dealership - and most recently in ads for his mayoral bid - given her son a ringing endorsement with this famed line: "My Oscar, he is such a good boy."

On Friday, he wrote: "It is with great sadness that I’m sharing the passing of my mother, Rhoberta Leeser. She will be dearly missed by her entire family but we are comforted to know she’s once again with my father. Please keep her in your prayers."

Jim Parker

Jim Parker is the Director of Digital Content for ABC-7.

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