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Phil Valentine, conservative radio host and vaccine skeptic, dies of COVID-19

Phil Valentine, a conservative radio speak present host who was a vaccine skeptic and disagreed with masks mandates up till he was identified with COVID-19 final month, has died at age 61.

“We are saddened to report that our host and friend Phil Valentine has passed away,” his station, SuperTalk 99.7 WTN, tweeted Saturday afternoon. “Please keep the Valentine family in your thoughts and prayers.”

Valentine, whose present first went on-air in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1995 and was finally syndicated to a number of cities throughout the nation, confirmed he was identified with the coronavirus in a Facebook put up on July 11, CBS affiliate WTVF-TV reports.

“Yes, the rumors are true,” he wrote on Facebook. “I have COVID. Unfortunately for the haters out there, it looks like I’m going to make it.”

He known as the sickness an “interesting experience” and stated he would fill listeners in when he was again on the air. “I’m hoping that will be tomorrow, but I may take a day off just as a precaution. It’ll be a game time decision,” he wrote.

A number of weeks later, the radio station shared an replace on their Facebook web page from Valentine’s household, who stated his situation had worsened.

“Phil contracted the Covid virus a little over a week ago & has since been hospitalized & is in very serious condition, suffering from Covid Pneumonia and the attendant side effects,” the put up stated. “He is in the hospital in the critical care unit breathing with assistance but is NOT on a ventilator. We’d ask that everyone please refrain from contacting him while he is in the hospital.”

The put up concluded together with his household urging individuals to get vaccinated: “Please continue to pray for his recovery and PLEASE GO GET VACCINATED!”

Valentine’s brother, Mark Valentine, additionally spoke on the radio after his brother’s situation started to deteriorate, saying that Valentine was, “regretful that he wasn’t a more vocal advocate of the vaccination,” in keeping with AP. “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.’”

Prior to his analysis, Valentine voiced skepticism in regards to the coronavirus vaccines.

In December of 2020 he tweeted “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 additionally recorded a parody tune titled “Vaxman,” which mocked the vaccine, in keeping with WTVF.

Prior to his hospitalization, Valentine stated on the radio that he was “taking vitamin D like crazy” and that a health care provider agreed to prescribe him an anti-parasite drug known as ivermectin, in keeping with the Associated Press. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has said to not take the treatment to deal with or stop COVID-19.

“Ivermectin is often used in the U.S. to treat or prevent parasites in animals. The FDA has received multiple reports of patients who have required medical support and been hospitalized after self-medicating with ivermectin intended for horses,” the administration stated, including that ivermectin has not been permitted by the FDA to be used in treating or stopping COVID-19 in people.

Vitamin D can also be not confirmed to assist deal with COVID-19, with the National Institute for Health stating there “is insufficient evidence to recommend either for or against the use of vitamin D for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19.”