The beloved professor began to struggle to breathe during a live lecture, as students tried to send help.

Paola De Simone, 46, a professor of government and international relations at the Universidad Argentina de las Empresa in Buenos Aries, Argentina, died last week after struggling to breathe during a live Zoom lecture.

De Simone had been experiencing a cough and other symptoms that would not resolve and had documented her symptoms on social media, she kept teaching through the sickness. During a Zoom lecture on September 2, she began to struggle to breathe and speak. As students watched her on their screens, they asked for her address to send help.

Local media reported that she said "I can't" and collapsed. She was found deceased by her husband when he returned home a few hours later. Her husband works in medical therapies and has worked long hours treating patients during the pandemic. The couple has one teenaged daughter.

Her death was announced by the university, where she had taught for 15 years and was a respected and beloved member of the faculty:

“We regret to report with deep sorrow the death of Paola Regina De Simone, professor at the Department of Government and International Relations. Paola was a passionate and dedicated professor, an excellent professional and a great person, with more than 15 years of experience at UADE.”

A memorial page dedicated to her shared memories and emotional tributes from those whose lives she had touched. 

The experience was shocking and sad for the students, and simply heartbreaking for De Simone and her family. Our deepest condolences and sympathies to all who knew her.