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UPDATED Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 11:40 a.m. E.T. –

The Liberian national who was hospitalized in Texas with Ebola, Thomas Eric Duncan, has succumbed to the disease. He died at 7:51 a.m. at a hospital in Dallas. NBC News posted the hospital’s statement on Twitter:

NBC News Ebola Announcement

NBC Nightly News’ Twitter account posts a message about Thomas Eric Duncan (Twitter).

As NBC News reported:

“It is with profound sadness and heartfelt disappointment that we must inform you of the death of Thomas Eric Duncan this morning at 7:51 am,” Texas Health Resources spokesman Wendell Watson said in a statement. “We have offered the family our support and condolences at this difficult time.”

Dr. David Lakey of the Texas Department of State Health Services called the past week “an enormous test of our health system” and offered condolences to the family. “The doctors, nurses and staff at Presbyterian provided excellent and compassionate care, but Ebola is a disease that attacks the body in many ways. We’ll continue every effort to contain the spread of the virus and protect people from this threat.”

We will bring you more news on this developing story as it is available.

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