Luis Alvarez, the former NYPD detective who became a prominent fighter for the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund, has died, his family said Saturday. He was 53.
“Please remember his words, ‘Please take care of yourselves and each other.’ We told him at the end that he had won this battle by the many lives he had touched by sharing his three year battle. He was at peace with that, surrounded by family. Thank you for giving us this time we have had with him, it was a blessing!” according to the family’s statement.
Alvarez entered hospice care days after he appeared before Congress with comedian Jon Stewart to beg for funds for sick 9/11 first responders.
The June 11 visit to Congress, which made headlines around the world after Stewart lambasted politicians for not showing up to the hearing, came a day before he was scheduled for his 69th round of chemotherapy for colon cancer. But his liver shut down, and doctors told him there was nothing more they could do.
A former Marine and 20-year veteran of the NYPD, Alvarez was praised on Twitter by the department’s chief of detectives early Saturday.