A New York City high school teacher’s wife died Friday night after battling lung cancer.
Her husband, John Stuyvesants, 58, died at Stuyveant Hospital in Brooklyn, where he had been undergoing treatment.
A source told the New York Daily News his wife had been battling lung disease since June 2014.
Her death was announced by the New Jersey Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
John Stuycesant, a former teacher at Stuvesant High School in New York, died Thursday night after a battle with pneumonia, his family said in a statement.
His death was confirmed by the Jersey Department for Health and Human Services.
John was born in New Jersey to a Mexican immigrant family in 1955.
His father was a New Jersey police officer and his mother was a nurse.
John attended Stuyvens High School for three years in the early 1980s.
He worked in a building maintenance company before becoming a teacher.
Stuyvesantes family and friends called his death a miracle.
“It’s not a big deal,” his daughter, Elizabeth Stuyvezant, told ABC News.
“He was a real good teacher, he was a really nice guy.
He was a good person, a good father, he had a great sense of humor, and he was always smiling and having a good time.
I’m just really thankful that he was able to do it.
He would have wanted to.”
John was survived by his wife, Barbara Stuyvals, and two daughters.ABC News’ David McNew, Jennifer Culp and Mark Riedel contributed to this report.