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December 15, 2018

Mystery into death of Queens state Senator deepens as more testing is required

November 23, 2018
In this March 17, 2010, file photo, Sen. Jose Peralta talks with reporters outside the Senate Chamber after being sworn into office during a ceremony at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y. (Hans Pennink / AP)

More testing is needed to determine exactly what killed Queens state Sen. Jose Peralta, officials said Friday.

Peralta, 47, died unexpectedly after being rushed to the hospital Wednesday night. Family members believe he died of an infection that threw his body into septic shock.




A spokeswoman for the city medical examiner’s office said more tests were needed before a cause of death could be established.

Reports of septic shock were an “incomplete interpretation” of what happened, a source with knowledge of the case said.

Mayor de Blasio said Friday that he and his wife were “both pained by his sudden loss.”

“Jose Peralta was a proud son of Queens and the Dominican Republic,” the mayor tweeted. “He worked his way up from the grassroots, with heart and tenacity.”

Gov. Cuomo ordered all flags across the state to be lowered to half staff to honor Peralta’s contributions to New York.

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