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A Mississippi barber who made house calls amid the coronavirus quarantine died from a cardiac arrest related to coronavirus.

Eugene "Taper" Thompson, of Brookhaven Mississippi, died over the weekend after battling coronavirus-in a hospital.

Thompson, 46, was a well known businessman who owned 2 successful Taper Nation barbershops and was a role model to young fatherless boys.

"There's a lot of people, kids and adults that he cut for free that didn't have the money and I was one of them," longtime client Shanta Harris told WLBT News.

Thompson made house calls after he was forced to close his shops during the quarantine. He advertised his house call services on social media.

On March 17, Thompson informed his followers that he was feeling feverish after making one last house call. He got tested for coronavirus and went into self-isolation on March 22.

Two days later he was admitted to a hospital with flu-like symptoms and dehydration. In a message on Facebook, Thompson advised his clients that his barbershop would be closed "for the rest of the week."

In the caption of a photo that showed him wearing a face mask, Thompson urged his followers to "Quarantine yourself away from people... places... things..."

He added: "I felt a little [achy]... fever was a little high so I came to get checked... Tapernation will be closed for the rest of the week... well deserved rest and relaxation."

Clients paid tribute to Thompson on social media.

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot was heavily criticized for getting her hair cut while the rest of the city is under a stay-at-home order.

Lightfoot, 57, was pictured with her stylist after getting a haircut over the weekend. The photos went viral on social media on Monday.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Lightfoot acknowledged not practicing social distancing by getting the haircut, even as she shuttered her city's hair salons and barbershops to slow the spread of the virus that causes Covid-19.

The openly lesbian mayor defended her privilege, saying she is a public figure who is required to appear in public often and she must be well-groomed for the cameras.

She stated that she wore a mask and gloves to get her hair cut (although she wore none in the photos).

"I think what really people want to talk about is, we're talking about people dying here,” the Democratic mayor said. "We're talking about significant health disparities. I think that's what people care most about."

She added: "The woman who cut my hair had a mask and gloves on. So we are, I am practicing what I'm preaching," Lightfoot said.

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