LAFC supporter Jeff Ghazarian passed away on Thursday after battling the COVID-19 coronavirus. Ghazarian was 34.
The club mourned his loss in a Twitter post: "We are deeply saddened by the loss of LAFC Member Jeff Ghazarian. Our thoughts are with his family and all those affected during this difficult time."
Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber also sent his condolences on behalf of the league.
Major League Soccer mourns the tragic loss of Jeff Ghazarian, a passionate @LAFC fan and season ticket holder who recently passed away after contracting COVID-19. MLS extends our condolences to Jeff’s family, friends and fellow supporters. pic.twitter.com/wY3xlnMZZs— Don Garber (@thesoccerdon) March 20, 2020
TMZ reported that Ghazarian tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, March 13 and that he was hospitalized for five days in Pasadena before tragically succumbing to complications caused by the virus.
California governor Gavin Newsom has since issued an order for the state's 40 million residents to stay home in order to prevent the spread of the virus.
Abiding by guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that prevents mass gatherings for the next eight weeks, Major League Soccer on Thursday extended the suspension of the 2020 season with a target return date of May 10.
As of Thursday, there have been a reported 12,326 individuals in the United States who have tested positive for COVID-19 with 194 deaths.
Among MLS clubs, a Seattle Sounders support staffer is recovering after testing positive for COVID-19 and NYCFC announced on Thursday that a member of the team's sporting department also tested positive for the coronavirus.