Conservative talk show host Phil Valentine dies after battle with Covid-19, his employer says
Phil Valentine, a conservative radio talk show
presenter located in Nashville who questioned if all individuals needed Covid-19 vaccinations, died on Saturday, according to his employer, WWTN Radio. Valentine was 61 years old when he died.
In a tweet, the station stated, “Please remember the Valentine family in your thoughts and prayers.”
The host’s death comes more than a month after revealing he had been diagnosing with Covid-19.
Valentine has previously dismissed
the significance of obtaining a Covid-19 vaccination on his show, claiming in December
that his personal chances of dying from the virus were “probably much less than one percent.”
Valentine’s message altered in late July when his family stated that
he was hospitalized in an “extremely severe condition” with “Covid Pneumonia and the associat side effects.”
“While Phil has never been an ‘anti-vax,’ he regrets not being more passionately ‘Pro-Vaccine,’ and looks forward to being able to more fiercely
promote that stance as soon as he is back on the air, which we all hope will be soon,” his brother Mark Valentine said on July 22.
In a July 26 interview with CNN’s Alisyn Camerota, Mark Valentine said his brother was improving but was still “pretty deep in the woods” and needed help breathing.
“He realizes now that not receiving the vaccine led a lot of other people not to be vaccinated,”
he added in the interview. “And he regrets it.”
“This is a genuine danger, a real public health issue, and if he could go back in time, his casual attitude would not have been what it was, and he would have been vaccinating and urged everyone to get vaccinate,” he said.
Many people paid homage to the radio presenter after hearing of his passing.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said on Twitter,
“Maria and I are profoundly grieve by the death of Phil Valentine and pray for his family as they navigate the tough days ahead.”
“made an impact in life as a strong conservative voice,” said Tennessee House Speaker Cameron Sexton.
“He will be sorely missed by everyone! The Valentine family and Phil’s radio family have our sincere thoughts and profound condolences “Sexton penned it.