Fidencio Sanchez “Paleta Man” Death – Obituary

The Paleta man whose picture went viral, leading to creation of GoFundMe account that aimed at raising $3,000 so he could retire has passed away.

Fidencio Sanchez’s story went viral in 2016 and thousands were moved, with nearly 15,00 people from over 52 countries donating to Sanchez’s retirement. The fundraiser campaign which $3,000 was set as targed ended up raising more than $384,000.

Fidencio Sanchez died Wednesday morning from complications of Sepsis, according to a Facebook post from family friend Joel Cervantes Macias.

“I’m afraid I have some very sad news today. This morning at 5:53AM Don Fidencio passed away from complications of Sepsis. His family asked me to be the one to give the official notice of his passing. The family wants to give thanks to everybody from around the world that made his last three years of life happy and comfortable. He was amongst family and loved ones by his bedside when he passed. Information on his services to follow. Rest In Peace Don Fidencio.”

Macías was driving when he spotted Sanchez struggling to push his cart down the street. Macías pulled over and bought about $50 worth of popsicles from Sanchez, then snapped the picture of him and posted it to Facebook.

Good Samaritans created a GoFundMe campaign with a goal of raising $3,000 so Sanchez could retire and enjoy the rest of his life. The GoFundMe ended up raising more than $384,000.

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