LANCASTER, Pa.

— When his doctor recommended a brain scan, Paul Thomas was at a loss for words.

He didn’t know what to say.

The 65-year-old father of three from Chester County had lost two sons, one to cancer, and the other to a brain aneurysm, after he died from the illness in October.

His wife, Debra Thomas, told the Times she was left heartbroken by the loss of her husband, whom she and their three children loved.

But she said she never knew how her husband had reacted when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2013.

“I was like, ‘Oh, he’s gone, but he was always going to be there,'” she said.

Paul Thomas died Oct. 6, 2017.

He had the disease a year earlier and was on life support.

The Thomas family said he was an avid car enthusiast and the youngest of six children.

He loved to play guitar, but also enjoyed playing basketball and skiing.

The family said the last time they saw him was in the fall of 2014, when his son was in high school and they were on vacation in Colorado.

In a statement, a spokeswoman for the National Institutes of Health said it was aware of the news and was cooperating with the Thomas family.

She said the NIH was working to provide all information requested.

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