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Family of surviving NYC fire victim grateful for 'amazing outpouring of love, support and concern'

Michael Todd Cohen, whose husband died trying to escape blaze, remains hospitalized
Michael_Todd_Cohen and  Daniel_McClung on their wedding day
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The family of surviving New York City fire victim Michael Todd Cohen issued a statement of gratitude late Tuesday (7 January) during what they describe as an 'impossibly difficult time.'

Cohen, a television producer, remains hospitalized at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital’s Burn Center.

A high-rise fire on Sunday killed Cohen's husband of less than a year, playwright Daniel McClung.

The couple had been married on July 13, 2013.

'Words cannot express the magnitude of our grief over this tragedy,' the statement reads. 'As we mourn the loss of Daniel, we simultaneously are surrounding Michael with love, light and support.'

The statement, attributed to Cohen's mother, two brothers and two best friends, also says: 'Thank you for the amazing outpouring of love, support and concern. As Michael begins the long road to physical and emotional recovery, we ask for privacy and respect during this impossibly difficult time.'

McClung's family has not finalized funeral services for their son.

The International Academy of Web Television and friends have setup a fund to assist Cohen with his recovery and more than $20,000 was raised in less than 24 hours.

Alternatively, the family said donations can be made to the Northeast Animal Shelter in honor of McClung, and their two dogs, Schooner and Georgia, who died in the fire.

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