DANVILLE (KPIX 5) – The flu outbreak has claimed the life of a woman from the East Bay who once worked at KPIX 5. Nancy Pinnella became sick last week and died a few days later.
People who knew Pinnella thought she was extraordinary and taught others the joy of giving. Friends and family told KPIX 5 that she was kind and also had a sweet tooth.
But in other ways, she was like so many of us and never got a flu shot.
“And I’m equally guilty of not getting a flu shot. I’m not old, I’m not young. So why get one,” said Rich Pinnella, one of Nancy’s brothers.
Nancy’s family got the tragic answer to that question over the weekend, when the otherwise healthy 46-year-old woman died in a Sacramento hospital after contracting the H1N1 flu virus.
“You can sleep the flu off in three or four days. This thing took my sister’s life in that same time frame,” Rich Pinnella said.