Swine flu may be the cause of a second death in the Mid-South

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Memphis, TN (WMC-TV) - A manager for Crye-Leike Realtors may be the Mid-South's second Swine Flu Victim. Sixty year-old Dusty Kidd died Saturday at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis.

A spokesperson with the hospital says doctors are working to determine if swine flu is what caused his death.

Friends and colleagues say, Kidd, with his big personality, made an even bigger impact on a lot of people.

"There's only one like him, he will be terribly missed because of his good hearted nature, giving spirit," Crye-Leike General Manager Steve Brown said. "He's a role model for all of us."

Kidd was Crye-Leike's sign manager. Brown says Kidd, a recipient of the Purple Heart for his service in Vietnam, went beyond being a good employee. He was a good human being.

"It was like everyday he got up and thought who can I do something for today," Brown said.

Kidd lived in Munford Tennessee and communted to his Memphis office every day.

Kidd's hunting buddy Mike Gullet says Kidd was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing, and had a heart for helping children.

"Best guy you'd ever want to meet," Gullet said. "He always had a smile on his face, he had that certain walk. You knew that was Dusty Kidd coming. He was just a wonderful guy."

Gullet last spoke with Kidd after he said he came down with Swine Flu, about a week before he died.

"He just said, Mike, I'm sick, I can't breathe. I don't have air," Gullet said.

Gullet visited him in the hospital Wednesday.

"When I saw him through the window he was taking very deep breaths like he can't get any air."

Three days later, Kidd died. 60-year old Gullet says he now realizes to take H1N1 influenza seriously.

"You couldn't find a stronger man, all of a sudden struck down, in 10 days," he said. "It just doesn't add up. I've got a spot in my heart now, empty. You can't fill it."

Kidd had a heart for children. Crye-Leike says he worked hard to raise money for the non-profit Youth Villages. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, a daughter, and two sons.

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