by Andy Rose | CNN
Phil Valentines, a Nashville-based conservative radio talk show host who questioned whether everyone needed to get the COVID-19 vaccine, his employer, WWTN Radio, died on Saturday. announced on Twitter. Valentine was 61 years old.
“Please keep the Valentine family in your thoughts and prayers,” the station said in a tweet.
His death came more than a month after the host first announced that he had been diagnosed with Covid-19. In his program, Valentine repeatedly underestimated the importance of getting vaccinated against the virus, saying last december He believed that his personal chance of dying from Covid-19 was “probably less than one percent.”
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But his message changed in late July when his family announced that Valentine had been hospitalized in a “very serious condition” and was suffering from “Covid pneumonia and attendant side effects.”
“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 as he continues to advocate for that position more strongly. Look forward to being able to be back on the air, which we all hope will happen soon,” his brother Mark Valentine wrote on 22 July.
Mark Valentine told CNN’s Alisin Camerota 26 July interview His brother was doing better but was “still too deep in the woods” and breathing assisted.
“He recognizes now that he’s not getting vaccinated, maybe a bunch of other people haven’t been able to get vaccinated,” he said in the interview. “And he regrets it.”
“It’s a real threat, it’s a real public health crisis and it’s something that if he had to do it all over again … his obstinate attitude wouldn’t be who he was and he would get vaccinated and get everyone vaccinated.” encourages,” he added.
Following the news of his death, many people paid tribute to the radio host.
“Maria and I are deeply saddened by the loss of Phil Valentine and pray for his family as they navigate the difficult days ahead,” Tennessee Gov. bill lee wrote on Twitter.
Tennessee House Speaker Cameron Sexton said Phil Valentine “changed lives as a strong conservative voice.”
“We will all miss him very much! Our heartfelt prayers and deepest condolences are with the Valentine family and Phil’s radio family,” Sexton wrote.
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