An Army veteran who received hundreds of cards from across the country in honor of his 100th birthday in May has died.
The news came from his retirement home, the Mayflower, which helped him get over 1,000 birthday cards for his May 5 birthday.
In the April 15 post, Painter is pictured holding a sign that reads: "Hi! My name is Ray Painter. I'm a WWII veteran turning 100 on May 5, 2019. I would like to be sent 100 cards!!"
He got his wish and then some. Painter received over 7,500 birthday cards, according to WSLS.
"It's still hard to believe that I've got that many cards," Painter told WSLS.
He told the news station that he was thrilled to receive the cards but wishes he could share them with his late wife.
"I think about her every day," he said. "I know she'd be happy, too."
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