A conservative radio host in Nashville who derided vaccines and unfold misinformation in regards to the coronavirus has died of COVID-19. Phil Valentine was 61.
Although Valentine downplayed the efficacy of vaccines and even went as far as to report a parody track mocking them, he reversed his opinion whereas within the hospital, advising his relations to get the jab.
He had stated of the vaccine, “I’ve a really low threat of A) Getting COVID and B) dying of it if I do. Why would I threat getting a coronary heart assault or paralysis by getting the vaccine?” He additionally stated on the time that he had been taking the anti-parasite medicine ivermectin, which is supposed for animals.
Valentine hosted an everyday discuss radio present on 99.7 WWTN-FM in Nashville. His station wrote in an announcement, “We’re saddened to report that our host and pal Phil Valentine has handed away. Please preserve the Valentine household in your ideas and prayers.”
He had been on the air for the reason that Nineteen Nineties.
His brother Mark, showing on the identical station late final month, pleaded with listeners to take the specter of COVID severely, saying, “For these listening, I do know if he have been in a position to let you know this, he would let you know, ‘Go get vaccinated. Give up worrying in regards to the politics. Give up worrying about all of the conspiracy theories.’”
“Phil would love for his listeners to know that whereas he has by no means been an ‘anti-vaxer’ he regrets not being extra vehemently ‘Professional-Vaccine’ and appears ahead to with the ability to extra vigorously advocate that place as quickly as he’s again on the air, which all of us hope shall be quickly,” his household stated in an announcement after he was first hospitalized.
Earlier than he fell in poor health with the virus, Valentine had spoken out towards masks mandates and written a parody of The Beatles’ track “Taxman” referred to as “Vaxman” mocking the preventative. He sang it on the air.
“Let me let you know how it will likely be, and I don’t care for those who agree, ‘Trigger I’m the Vaxman, yeah I’m the Vaxman,” he sang. “If you happen to don’t like me coming spherical, be grateful I don’t maintain you down.”
Valentine is certainly one of a number of public figures in current months who’ve railed towards the vaccine solely to catch extreme instances of COVID-19. Two weeks in the past, one other conservative radio host, Dick Farrel, died from the virus in Florida.
The extra contagious Delta coronavirus variant has triggered a surge in infections all through the nation over the previous month, significantly within the South, and the overwhelming majority of hospitalizations and deaths have occurred amongst those that haven’t obtained a vaccine. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky has referred to as the current spike “a pandemic of the unvaccinated.”