By Sandra Rose  | 

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Friends and family are mourning loss of a 36-year-old Southwest Airlines flight attendant who died from COVID-19.

Maurice "Reggie" Shepperton spent 30 days in a Las Vegas ICU before succumbing to the coronavirus "Delta variant".

His mother, Dawn Shepperson, told USA TODAY that her son was "fully vaccinated" when he died Tuesday, Aug. 10.

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Dawn said he drove himself to a Las Vegas hospital after experiencing breathing difficulties. He spent the next several weeks on a ventilator before passing away.

"It hurt me so bad because it was just so quick. I didn't have time to really even acknowledge what is going on. This is mind-blowing. It's not real. It's not real. It's not real."

In June, Shepperson took his mother with him on a work trip to Hawaii. Dawn said he tested positive for Covid-19 in July.

The outgoing flight attendant was nicknamed "Skittles" because of the vibrant colored pants he loved to wear.

Shepperson, a native New Yorker based in Las Vegas, took all precautions to protect himself from the virus.

He wore a face mask, washed his hands frequently, and wiped down all surfaces in hotel rooms, said Marcia Hildreth, a Southwest flight attendant who was Shepperson's best friend.

Hildreth created a GoFundMe to raise funds for his funeral expenses. Over $13,700 has been raised as of Sunday, Aug. 15.

Southwest Airlines is one of 3 major airlines that do not require mandatory vaccines for employees.

However, friends say Shepperson took the shots because he had underlying medical conditions that made him high-risk if he contracted the virus.

According to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) co-managed by the CDC, at least 125,000 fully vaccinated people have tested positive for Covid-19. Over 12,000 deaths have been reported.

The Association of Flight Attendants (CWA) estimates that 4,000 flight attendants in the U.S. tested positive for the coronavirus and 20 have died.