Daily Beast: A conservative radio host in Nashville who derided vaccines and spread misinformation about the coronavirus has died of COVID-19. Phil Valentine was 61.
Right wing radio host Phil Valentine has died from COVID-19. His last two tweets are about vaccines being unsafe and you shouldn't wear a mask. First thing you see if you visit his website is about the "plandemic" pic.twitter.com/aplhwTYEPV— Wild Geerters (@steinkobbe) August 21, 2021
Though Valentine downplayed the efficacy of vaccines and even went so far as to record a parody song mocking them, he reversed his opinion while in the hospital, advising his family members to get the jab.
Phil Valentine, 61, conservative radio talk-show host who told followers they were "probably safer not getting" the COVID vaccine if they weren't high risk died from COVID August 21, 2021. His family says "PLEASE GO GET VACCINATED!" #SoulsLostToCovid https://t.co/xOq7SvfQWw pic.twitter.com/3MPVqtY8mS— Cleavon MD 💉 (@Cleavon_MD) August 21, 2021
He had said of the vaccine, “I have a very low risk of A) Getting COVID and B) dying of it if I do. Why would I risk getting a heart attack or paralysis by getting the vaccine?” He also said at the time that he had been taking the anti-parasite medication ivermectin, which is meant for animals.
This is the vaccine parody song Phil Valentine put out 1 week before he ended up in the hospital.— The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) August 21, 2021
He has now passed away. His death is tragic. Please take COVID-19 seriously, and get vaccinated. 😷 pic.twitter.com/3b5rzVdzqb
Valentine hosted a regular talk radio show on 99.7 WWTN-FM in Nashville. His station wrote in a statement, “We are saddened to report that our host and friend Phil Valentine has passed away. Please keep the Valentine family in your thoughts and prayers.”
Radio host and media operative for the January 6 attempted coup d'état, Phil Valentine, dies of COVID-19, a disease which he endeavored to spread and kill his fellow Americans. pic.twitter.com/0dVq5GFOwr— Eric Garland (@ericgarland) August 21, 2021
He had been on the air since the 1990s.
His brother Mark, appearing on the same station late last month, pleaded with listeners to take the threat of COVID seriously, saying, “For those listening, I know if he were able to tell you this, he would tell you, ‘Go get vaccinated. Quit worrying about the politics. Quit worrying about all the conspiracy theories.’”
“Phil would like for his listeners to know that while he has never been an ‘anti-vaxer’ he regrets not being more vehemently ‘Pro-Vaccine’ and looks forward to being able to more vigorously advocate that position as soon as he is back on the air, which we all hope will be soon,” his family said in a statement after he was first hospitalized. read more…