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Coronavirus Victims: Hawaiian Artist Bobby Pin


The coronavirus pandemic has touched even those who seemed larger than life.


Bobby Pin was the 10th coronavirus death in Hawaii. He was born in Cambodia but grew up in the U.S. after his family fled the Pol Pot regime.

KELLY: His partner Dan Greening says that with a sleeve of tattoos and a shock of blue hair, Bobby was hard to miss.

DAN GREENING: The minute you see him, you'll realize you've never seen anyone like him before.

CHANG: Dan and Bobby met at a house party 20 years ago.

GREENING: So I went into the kitchen, and there was Bobby Pin. He was cracking jokes, and people were responding. And he was a very warm person, and I just remember - I want that person to be my friend.

KELLY: Bobby was an artist who loved adventure. He did photography for Burning Man and worked on several award-winning short films in Nepal and India.

CHANG: And his sense of humor drove a lot of his projects, like setting up a photography studio at a convention for people who dress up as animals, known as furries.

GREENING: If you look hard enough, you can find a photograph of Bobby standing next to this wolf who's looking down at him.

KELLY: Bobby's adventurousness is one of the things Dan says he will miss the most.

GREENING: I certainly have a more optimistic view of the world, and I'm less afraid to try new things all because Bobby was in my life.

CHANG: Bobby Pin died on April 18. He was 50 years old.

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