Longtime Biden adviser dies of coronoavirus complications

Larry Rasky, 69, posthumously tested positive for coronavirus

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March 30, 2020 - 8:58am

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Larry Rasky, the longtime campaign adviser to Joe Biden who died last week, reportedly had the coronavirus.

Rasky died unexpectedly at 69. His son, Will Rasky, announced the posthumous diagnosis. He also said that his father had pre-existing medical conditions at the time of his death. 

Rasky helped guide Biden – the 2020 Democratic presidential frontrunner and a former vice president – through several campaign seasons. He was also a successful Boston-based public relations executive, who assisted with several high-profile Democratic campaigns. 

Biden called Rasky a "real friend," in the Boston Globe on Sunday, adding that he was "also generous and sharp, and he just had a spirit about him.” 

Rasky served as Biden's press secretary during his time in the Senate and during his unsuccessful 1988 presidential camp