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NYPD detective dies from 9/11-related cancer: police

Posted at 5:00 PM, Oct 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-26 17:05:42-04

NEW YORK — An NYPD detective died Friday from an illness related to the September 11 terror attacks, according to a police official.

Dennis Murphy, 57, died Friday from a 9/11-related cancer, NYPD Chief Dermot Shea said on Twitter.

Murphy was an advocate for survivors of the attacks on the World Trade Center, Shea said.

It is expected that by the 20th anniversary of 9/11, more people will have died from 9/11-related illnesses than the 2,700 who died at the Twin Towers that day, the Seattle Times reports.

That figure was provided to the Seattle Times last year by The 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund and World Trade Center Health Program. Officials at each organization told the news outlet there are no records the number of people who died from 9/11-related illness, but said, at the time, the number was likely close to 2,100.