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Kenny Chow, a yellow taxi driver missing since May 11, was found dead, according to the New York Taxi Workers Alliance
Chow's body was found in the East River NYTWA said [Chowowed$700000ontheloanforhismedallionandhiswifewasrecentlydiagnosedwithcancerhisbrothersaid
A yellow taxi driver who was missing since May 11 committed "suicide amid increasing despair" and suicide his wife's illness, said the New York Taxi Workers Alliance.
A corpse in the East River has been identified as missing driver Kenny Chow, NYTWA said in a publication.
Chow is the fifth yellow cab driver to have killed himself in recent months, according to his executive director Bhairavi Desai.
"We send strength and love to Kenny Chow's family and friends when they face the heartbreak of his death," she said in a statement.
The taxi driver owed $ 700,000 on the loan for his medallion and frequently worked 1
"Do No Mistake: The crisis that has fueled Kenny's life and the lives of four others in recent months to commit suicide was completely avoidable," Desai said. "The Town Hall allowed Uber and Lyft to expand freely and destroy the lives and livelihood of New York professional drivers."
"There are real human consequences for a business model that aims to destroy labor standards and treat workers as expendable," she said
In March, a yellow cab driver named Nicanor Ochisor committed suicide as the value of his Taxi medallions collapsed and financial burdens increased, the New York Times reported.
Mayor Bill de Blasio told the newspaper that he was considering the possibility of limiting it to rental vehicles
"The mayor was aware that we were reassessing our options given the explosive growth we are experiencing in the industry ", added the spokesman for the mayor.
NYTWA plans to hold a vigil for Chow on 86th Street and Manhattan's East End Avenue at 1:00 pm Sunday, according to its publication.