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“The campaign and its problems meant nothing to me that afternoon. I held my son in my arms _ my breathing, living son _ and I wanted nothing else,” Rubio wrote.

Later, Rubio lost his father. He goes into painful detail about his final moments when his father hallucinated and became disoriented. He made a decision to have a nurse administer morphine even though he was warned his father may never wake up. He says his father’s final words to him in Spanish were “I know I am bothering you a lot.” He then fell asleep and did not wake up.


Reporters Tamara Lush in St. Petersburg, Bill Kaczor and Gary Fineout in Tallahassee, and Matt Sedensky, Suzette Laboy and Terry Spencer in Miami contributed to this report.


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