The 96-year-old husband of a B.C. woman who died alone after being moved from their bedside last month, sparking a provincial investigation, has also died.
Al Albo's family confirmed his death on Thursday, less than two weeks after the death of his wife of nearly seven decades, Fanny Albo, 91. She died after being moved from the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital in Trail.
Al Albo's cause of death was not immediately reported.
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B.C. Health Minister George Abbott said he called the Albo family to express his condolences.
"This is a very, very sad event," Abbott said. "I think what I've seen from the conversations I've had with the Albo family, there is a lot of strength in that family, there's a lot of patience, a lot of understanding, a lot of courage.
"And I think all of those qualities will be very important to the Albo family as they go through yet another difficult chapter in their lives."
Despite the family's wishes, the Kootenay hospital's staff moved Fanny from the acute-care unit to a long-term-care facility more than 100 kilometres away. She died 48 hours later.
The province's deputy health minister investigated and found Albo did not get quality care.
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Abbott wouldn't speculate on whether the events of the past two weeks might have contributed to Al Albo's death.
The minister plans to meet senior officials from the Interior Health Authority to discuss his concerns about Fanny Albo's care.
A report on the case called for improved services in the region â and the health minister has said he'll act on those recommendations.