- Phil Valentin, conservative radio host and vaccine skeptic, died several weeks after fighting COVID-19.
- Valentin has previously stated that his personal chance of dying from the virus is “less than one percent.”
- His family said he was beginning to regret his opinions and told people “Please go get vaccinated!”
A well-known conservative radio host and vaccine skeptic died of COVID-19 after battling the virus in the hospital for several weeks.
According to his family, Phil Valentine, 61, who hosted the “Phil Valentine Show” on WWTN-FM in Nashville, Tennessee, was an outspoken critic of vaccines. But after he became seriously ill, he changed his mind.
Valentine’s Nashville radio station SuperTalk 99.7 WTN reported his death in a tweet on Saturday afternoon.
-SuperTalk 99.7 WTN (@997wtn) August 21, 2021
Valentine announced that he was infected with the virus July Facebook post.
He later told his audience that his symptoms included coughing, congestion and fatigue, which he said “pained like nonsense.”
In a blog post on December 17, Valentine said that he believes that the only people who need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 are those with “potential health problems.”
“I am not an anti-vaccine person. I just use common sense. What is my chance of contracting COVID? They are very low. If I get infected, what is the chance of my dying from COVID? It may be much less than one percent,” he wrote road.
In his radio show, Valentine often sang a song called “Vaxman”, imitating the Beatles song “Taxman”.
He can sing, “Because I am Vaxman, yes, I am Vaxman. If you don’t like me coming over, thank me for not stopping you.”
The radio host’s brother Mark Valentine wrote on Facebook that his brother regretted his position on vaccines while in hospital.
“Phil wants his audience to know that although he has never been an’anti-vaccine’, he regrets not’supporting the vaccine’ more strongly,” Mark Valentine wrote.
He concluded the statement by urging people to “please get vaccinated!”