Michael Brown has died, the father of Dr. Robert Brown, a virologist who helped pioneer the opioid epidemic, his family said Friday.
The medical school professor died Saturday in Miami, his son said.
Brown, who served as director of the Center for the Study of Pain at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, helped bring an end to the epidemic that began in 2013 and resulted in the deaths of more than 300,000 Americans, mostly Americans of color.
In 2017, Brown was named one of Time magazine’s 50 most influential people in the world.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann, and three daughters.
Dr. Robert and Mary Brown are survived by their children, David, Katherine and Elizabeth, and grandchildren.