Husbands Phillip And Anthony Tsai-Brooks Die Just Days Apart After Battling COVID-19

Anthony, a city-councilor in Live Oak, Texas, an Army veteran, and a worker at the San Antonio Military Medical Center, passed Tuesday night.

His husband, Phillip, owner of the Extreme Opulence Hair Studio and a member of Live Oak’s Economic Development Corporation, passed away on Easter Sunday after suffering a coronavirus-related heart attack.

Live Oak Mayor Mary M. Dennis confirmed the couple’s passing in a Facebook remembrance.

“It is with a heavy heart and deep sadness that Live Oak City Council, administrative staff and the entire Live Oak community mourn the passing of Live Oak City Councilmember Anthony Brooks,” Dennis wrote. “Councilman Brooks joined council in 2015 and was a valued and active member. Although his job assignments would have him away, he always stayed connected to his service and commitment to our residents. He also served as a member director of the Live Oak Economic Development Corporation (EDC). He served honorably in the United States Army. Anthony was dedicated and took serving on the council very seriously. He had a background in Finance from working for the City of San Antonio and his current job. He was always very attentive when working on the city’s budget. Councilman Brooks will be greatly missed by all who knew him.”

Dennis continued: “In addition, the city lost another valuable member of the community. We also mourn the loss of EDC Citizen Director Phillip Tsai-Brooks. Phillip was a valued member of the city’s Economic Development Corporation and brought a unique perspective to the board. Phillip was the owner of a salon in San Antonio and worked hard to make it a successful small business. The void in the leadership of the council and corporation will be notable. We are forever grateful for both Anthony’s and Phillip’s service to our Live Oak Community and to our country. May God Bless their family and all who were blessed to call both men “friend.”

Phillip’s brothers, Alfred and Robert Tsai, told KABB that Phillip was the first to be admitted to a hospital, days after initially seeking treatment and medication from a doctor. He was placed on a ventilator in the intensive care unit soon after.

In his final Facebook post, Phillip wrote, “Back in the ER.. oxygen super low. Heart rate low. Shortness breath vomiting blood pressure high fever 102.9. Update: I tested positive for corona. Be here for a couple of days.. then quarantine 14 day.”

“You can look at the end of the day, there are two family members we will miss and will never get back. It’s not worth going out socializing and having that chance risking the chance of getting it,” the brothers said.

Tony soon joined his husband in the ICU after initually not wanting to go to the E.R., according to his brother-in-law. He was found unresponsive by Philip’s mom and days later ended fighting for his life in a hospital room near his husband’s.

“These doctors in the ICU and nurses they tell us new frontier for them they’re trying to figure it out all the stuff that you’re hearing on the news and all the stuff that we hear from the actual people fighting in the front lines,” said Tsai.

Philip was sitting up and talking in the ICU when he suddenly died, KABB reports. Tony died shortly after.

“It’s very hard, we had to arrange my other brother who lives in San Antonio to stand outside the house while we tell her the news and that’s the heartbreaking side. We can’t go in, my brothers can’t go in and comfort her she standing in the doorway crying and we’re here in California,” said Tsai.

The men will be buried together.