Anti-vax radio host Dick Farrel, 65, died of Covid on August 4. He had urged his listeners not to get vaccinated and was a critic of Dr Anthony Fauci, Chief of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease.
Mr Farrel said Dr Fauci was a “power-tripping lying freak” who conspired with “power trip libb loons”. He also said in a Facebook post in June: “So, you think it wasn’t a SCAM DEMIC? NOT ONE ELECTED DEMOCRAT ever tested positive.”
Last month, he said of the vaccine: “Why take a vax promoted by people who lied to you all along about masks?”
Friends said that after contracting the virus, Mr Farrel changed his point of view.
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Dick Farrel had his own radio talk show in Florida and previously worked as a Newsmax fill-in TV host in 2018.
Mr Farrel’s partner Kit Farley wrote on Facebook: “He fought like a tiger. Please don’t put off getting attention for this illness. Yes, for some it has minimal effects, but others it is deadly.
“He was known as the other Rush Limbaugh. With a heavy heart, I can only say this was so unexpected. He will be missed.”
Mick McCabe, creative director of the radio broadcaster Hubbard South Florida, told WPTV: “Dick was a pioneer ‘shock talk’ host, certainly here in South Florida, and a loyal friend both personally and to listeners here for decades.”