CLOSE Lonnie Dench’s wife famously invited a stranger to Thanksgiving dinner. A previous version of this video misspelled their last name. USA TODAYThe husband of the Arizona woman who accidentally started a sweet holiday tradition with a total stranger has died.Wanda Dench confirmed to local media that Lonnie Dench died. Her husband previously told a reporter that he’d been delivering water to the grocery stores at night amid the pandemic.”He had the truest heart of love, like no other. He did so many acts of kindness that no one ever heard about,” Wanda Dench told AZFamily. “He was my hero. And I’m a better person because of him.”The Maricopa County Office of the Medical Examiner confirmed to USA TODAY that Lonnie Dench died on Sunday, but could not confirm the cause of death. Jamal Hinton, the stranger-turned-friend who has celebrated the past four Thanksgivings with the Dench family, shared that Dench had been suffering from COVID-19 and pneumonia.”As some of you may have already found out tonight Lonnie did not make it,” Hinton wrote on Twitter. “He passed away Sunday morning but Wanda told me all the love and support he was receiving put a huge smile on his face so I thank every single


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