The station said in a tweet: “Please keep the Valentine’s family in your thoughts and prayers.”
He passed away more than a month after the host first announced that he was diagnosed with Covid-19. In his show, Valentine has repeatedly downplayed the importance of obtaining a vaccine against the virus, saying in December last year that he believes his personal chance of dying from Covid-19 “may be less than one percent.”
But his information changed in late July, when his family announced that Valentine was “very serious” and suffering from “new coronary pneumonia and the accompanying side effects.”
“Phil hopes that his audience will know that although he has never been an’anti-vaccine person’, he regrets not’supporting the vaccine’ more strongly, and hopes that he can advocate this position more actively as soon as possible. Re-broadcast, we All hope it will be broadcast soon,” his brother Mark Valentine wrote on July 22.
Mark Valentine told Allison Camerota of CNN in an interview on July 26 that his brother did a better job but was “still deep in the woods” and with help breathe.
“He now realizes that his failure to vaccinate may result in others not being vaccinated,” he said in the interview. “And he regrets it.”
“This is a real threat, this is a real public health crisis, if he has to do it again… his arrogant attitude will not be what he is now, he will get vaccinated and encourage everyone to get vaccinated,” He added.
After the news of his death came out, many people paid tribute to the radio host.
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee wrote on Twitter: “Maria and I are deeply saddened by the passing of Phil Valentine and pray for his family through the difficult days.”
Cameron Sexton, Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives, added that Phil Valentine “changed his life as a powerful conservative voice.”
Sexton wrote: “Everyone will miss him very much! We extend our heartfelt prayers and deepest sympathy to the Valentine family and Phil’s broadcasting family.”
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