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The Guardian

A legend at a Brooklyn hospital dies of Covid-19: ‘He ran into the fire’

Dr James ‘Charlie’ Mahoney led his team through the crisis at SUNY Downstate medical center’s ICU, until his life was cut short by the virus * A beloved small-town nurse, a ‘karaoke master’: the US health workers who died from Covid-19When James “Charlie” Mahoney and his older brother Melvin went to medical school in the 80s, black doctors were hard to find.“We remember what it was like when you didn’t see anybody that looked like you,” said Melvin, an internal medicine doctor who worked alongside Mahoney. Even now this group comprises only 5% of the physician workforce.Mahoney wasn’t a “crusader”, Melvin said. Instead, he approached everything he did