Anti-Vaccine Radio Host in Florida Dies of COVID-19

Former anti-vaccine, right-wing radio host Dick Farrel has died on Wednesday in West Palm Beach, Florida from complications due to Covid-19.

Farrel was a 65-year-old former Newsmax host and well-known radio personality. He was highly critical of Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease and head of Covid task force.

Farrel wrote on Facebook that Dr. Fauci was a “power-tripping lying freak”, mocked vaccines, and referred to the pandemic that has taken more than 600,000 American lives as a “scamdemic”.

Farrel reportedly changed his opinion after contracting the virus himself and entering the hospital roughly three weeks ago.

Amy Leigh Hair, a close personal friend of Farrel’s who spoke with WPTV, said that Farrel encouraged her to get vaccinated.

“He is the reason I took the shot. 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 it!’”

Farrel, a native of Queens, New York, anchored radio shows in Florida and acted as a stand-in anchor for the rightwing news outlet Newsmax. People described him as a pioneer “shock talk” host.

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