PISCATAWAY, NJ – An outpouring of condolences flooded social media this week to remember Piscataway resident Kim King-Smith, an electrocardiogram technician at University Hospital in Newark, who according to hospital officials, died on Tuesday from complications of the coronavirus.

“Kim King-Smith was a hero, an EKG technician on the night shift who passed yesterday from complications of #COVIDー19,” said Shereef Elnaha, the hospital’s president in a Twitter post on Wednesday.

Her “family says her smile was more infectious than the virus that took her life,” Elnaha added. “All of UH, and @NJGov will miss you.” 

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New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy retweeted Elnaha’s post and said, “Our health care workers are superheroes, but they are also human. We all mourn Kim’s tragic death along with her family, friends, and (her) @UnivHospNewark family as they continue their heroic work to save lives.”

Kim King Smith was among three of the recent coronavirus-related deaths Murphy announced during his Thursday COVID-19 press conference, although he wished out loud he could highlight them all.

  • Kim King Smith, an EKG technician at University Hospital in Newark, a night-shift nurse for 13 years;

  • Plainfield resident Veteran Hudson County Sheriff Bernard Wadell, a law enforcement officer for 28 years; and

  • Montclair’s own Adam Schlesinger, an award-winning musician and songwriter, and founding member of the Fountains of Wayne with the Route 3 iconic storefront.

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