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Radio host who regretted vaccine scepticism dies of Covid

A conservative discuss radio host from Tennessee who had been a vaccine sceptic till he was hospitalised from Covid-19 has died. He was 61.

Nashville radio station SuperTalk 99.7 WTN confirmed Phil Valentine’s demise in a tweet Saturday.

Valentine had been a sceptic of coronavirus vaccines. However after he examined optimistic for Covid-19, and previous to his hospitalisation, he advised his listeners to contemplate, “If I get this Covid factor, do I’ve an opportunity of dying from it?” If that’s the case, he suggested them to get vaccinated. He mentioned he selected to not get vaccinated as a result of he thought he in all probability wouldn’t die.

After Valentine was moved right into a vital care unit, Mark Valentine mentioned his brother regretted that “he wasn’t a extra vocal advocate of the vaccination”.

“I do know if he have been capable of inform you this, he would inform you, ‘Go get vaccinated. Stop worrying in regards to the politics. Stop worrying about all of the conspiracy theories,” Mark Valentine advised The Tennessean on July 25.

“He regrets not being extra adamant about getting the vaccine. Have a look at the dadgum information,” Mark Valentine mentioned.

Phil Valentine had been a radio character since he was 20 and have become a well-liked conservative host by railing towards a state revenue tax proposed by Republican then-Gov. Don Sundquist, the Tennessean reported.

This system grew right into a nationally syndicated present that aired for 12 years on as many as 100 stations, in accordance with the newspaper. On the finish of the run, Valentine signed a three-year deal in 2019 that saved him on 99.7 WTN.

“Phil Valentine was a visionary for the conservative motion, and he made an unlimited affect on the lives of many Tennesseans,” US Sen. Marsha Blackburn tweeted. “My deepest condolences and prayers are with Phil’s spouse, Susan, and his household. Might they be comforted and surrounded by love throughout this troublesome time.”



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