Ailing man who got his wish for a call from Trump dies at 44

WEST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — An ailing Connecticut man who had a bucket-list wish fulfilled when he received a call of encouragement of President Donald Trump has died.

Jay Barrett of West Haven was 44. He was terminally ill with cystic fibrosis and had been receiving palliative care at the home of his sister, West Haven City Councilwoman Bridgette Hoskie. Hoskie says her brother died Wednesday.

Hoskie, a Democrat, went on social media to build a campaign for Trump to offer her brother a gesture of support. Last week, the president called Barrett, telling him, "You're my kind of man, Jay."

Hoskie says she appreciated the help of everyone who reached out to the White House on her brother's behalf. She says: "That phone call meant everything to him."

11 PHOTOS
Donald Trump and Mike Pence visit Martin Luther King Jr. memorial
See Gallery
Donald Trump and Mike Pence visit Martin Luther King Jr. memorial
U.S. President Donald Trump, center, and Vice President Mike Pence, left, arrive at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. Trump and senior Democrats took their first steps toward a possible compromise deal on immigration and border security over the weekend, even as the president ramped up his feud with Speaker Nancy Pelosi with the government shutdown in its fifth week. Photographer: Pete Marovich/Pool via Bloomberg
U.S. President Donald Trump, right, and Vice President Mike Pence visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. Trump and senior Democrats took their first steps toward a possible compromise deal on immigration and border security over the weekend, even as the president ramped up his feud with Speaker Nancy Pelosi with the government shutdown in its fifth week. Photographer: Pete Marovich/Pool via Bloomberg
U.S. President Donald Trump, center, and Vice President Mike Pence, left, visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. Trump and senior Democrats took their first steps toward a possible compromise deal on immigration and border security over the weekend, even as the president ramped up his feud with Speaker Nancy Pelosi with the government shutdown in its fifth week. Photographer: Pete Marovich/Pool via Bloomberg
U.S. President Donald Trump, right, and Vice President Mike Pence arrive at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. Trump and senior Democrats took their first steps toward a possible compromise deal on immigration and border security over the weekend, even as the president ramped up his feud with Speaker Nancy Pelosi with the government shutdown in its fifth week. Photographer: Pete Marovich/Pool via Bloomberg
U.S. President Donald Trump, center, and Vice President Mike Pence, left, visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. Trump and senior Democrats took their first steps toward a possible compromise deal on immigration and border security over the weekend, even as the president ramped up his feud with Speaker Nancy Pelosi with the government shutdown in its fifth week. Photographer: Pete Marovich/Pool via Bloomberg
U.S. President Donald Trump and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence depart after placing a wreath at the Martin Luther King Memorial in Washington, U.S., January 21, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
U.S. President Donald Trump and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence depart after placing a wreath at the Martin Luther King Memorial in Washington, U.S., January 21, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
U.S. President Donald Trump and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence arrive to place a wreath at the Martin Luther King Memorial in Washington, U.S., January 21, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
U.S. President Donald Trump and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence pause after placing a wreath at the Martin Luther King Memorial in Washington, U.S., January 21, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks as U.S. Vice President Mike Pence watches after placing a wreath at the Martin Luther King Memorial in Washington, U.S., January 21, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
U.S. President Donald Trump and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence pause after placing a wreath at the Martin Luther King Memorial in Washington, U.S., January 21, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.