A right-wing American TV and radio host who was a vociferous critic of Dr Anthony Fauci and who urged his listeners not to get vaccinated against Covid-19 has died after contracting the virus.
Dick Farrel, who had described Fauci as a "power-tripping lying freak" who conspired with "power trip libb loons", had urged people not to get vaccinated as recently as June.
He reportedly changed his opinion about vaccines after falling ill and later being admitted to hospital. He died on August 4th, aged 65. "He texted me and told me to 'Get it!' He told me this virus is no joke and he said, "I wish I had gotten" the vaccine, Amy Leigh Hair, a close friend, wrote on Facebook.
Farrel, who anchored radio shows in Florida and also acted as a stand-in anchor for the right-wing news outlet Newsmax, was described as a pioneer "shock talk" host.
His partner, Kit Farley, said: "He was known as the other Rush Limbaugh. With a heavy heart, I can only say this was so unexpected. He will be missed."
Described as an ardent supporter of Donald Trump, Farrel went all-in on unsubstantiated 2020 election-fraud conspiracy theories and questioned the efficacy of coronavirus vaccines.
Hair told WPTV, a Florida station: “I was one of the people like him who didn’t trust the vaccine. I trusted my immune system. I just became more afraid of getting Covid-19 than I was of any possible side effects of the vaccine. I’m glad I got vaccinated.” – Guardian