(CNN)A man seen in a famous photo of New Yorkers fleeing the 9/11 collapse of the World Trade Center's south tower has died due to Covid-19, his family told CNN.
Stephen Cooper was delivering political papers in lower Manhattan on September 11, 2001, when a police officer told him and others to run, Janet Rashes, his partner of 33 years, told CNN.
Cooper is seen on the far left of the photo, wearing glasses and a black shirt, as he and others run from billowing smoke and debris.
"He never realized he was photographed until a couple weeks later," Rashes said. "He was looking in a newspaper or magazine and he saw his picture shown."
Cooper, 78, passed away in Florida on March 28, Rashes said.
"He was very, very proud," Rashes said. "He would keep a picture in his wallet and show people he just met."