(AP Photo/Wilmot Chayee, File)
(AP Photo/Wilmot Chayee, File)

The first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S. has died, according to a hospital spokesperson.

FOX News Radio's Eben Brown reports:

Thomas Eric Duncan, the man who flew from Monrovia, Liberia to the United States while healthy, landing in Dallas, Texas to visit family and became sick from Ebola infection, is now dead says Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.

He passed away this morning , just before 8:00am,  Dallas time. Doctors had been saying he was in critical condition on respirator also on dialysis and that he had suffered liver failure over the weekend and was now receiving an experimental medication with no guarantee it could work but opting to try it anyway.

The infection of Mr. Duncan and his diagnosis had not been without controversy as the hospital didn't identify it at first during his first visit and it is what had sparked increase in concern for Ebola spreading in the United States.

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READ a statement from Texas Department of State Health Services:

"The past week has been an enormous test of our health system, but for one family it has been far more personal. Today they lost a dear member of their family. They have our sincere condolences, and we are keeping them in our thoughts. The doctors, nurses and staff at Presbyterian provided excellent and compassionate care, but Ebola is a disease that attacks the body in many ways. We'll continue every effort to contain the spread of the virus and protect people from this threat."

Dr. David Lakey, Commissioner, Texas Department of State Health Services

CLICK HERE for more on Ebola screenings at U.S. airports.

The CDC held a media briefing updating on the first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States and new Ebola screening guidelines in U.S. Airports.

Listen to FOX News Radio special coverage of that briefing HERE: