People for the Pavilion, the preservation group leading the charge to save the New York State Pavilion, announced on Sunday in a statement that Christian Doran, one of its founding members, passed away on Saturday night.
He was 28 years old.
According to emails from fellow group members Salmaan Khan and Matthew Silva, Doran, a Maspeth resident, suffered from asthma and died of an asthma attack.
"Over the past months, we have been lucky enough to have had the opportunity to become friends and partners with Christian Doran," Khan and Silva said in the group's statement via email, which was also posted on its Facebook page. "If you had the opportunity to speak with him, you knew he was special. He was someone who could share his passion in a way that could excite absolutely anyone, and he had a knack for comfortably engaging those around him."
People for the Pavilion will continue to strive towards preserving the Tent of Tomorrow and Observation Towers, according to Khan and Silva.
"The idea of moving forward without him is painful, but we are going to continue in his honor," they said. "As we do, his spirit, passion, and love for the New York State Pavilion will always be a part of our work, and a part of the Pavilion. Our deepest condolences go out to Christan's family, and we hope you will keep them in your thoughts."
The wake for Doran will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Gleason's Funeral Home at 1149-20 Northern Blvd. in Flushing.
The funeral will be held on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Gregory the Great Church at 242-20 88th Ave. in Bellerose.
In lieu of flowers, Doran's family requests that donations be made to the Mid Hudson Valley Camp, an organization Doran volunteered with that provides nine-week programs for children and adults with mental disabilities, pediatric cancer patients and deaf children among others.
This story will be updated when more information becomes available.