The Baton Rouge Advocate reports:
A 78-year-old man who attended a Central church that has bucked state stay-at-home restrictions has died from the illness tied to the novel coronavirus. The East Baton Rouge Parish coroner said Harold Orillion, a parish resident, died from the COVID-19 respiratory illness on Wednesday.
Three sources told The Advocate that Orillion had ties to the Life Tabernacle Church. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss a link between the man and the church.
Pastor Tony Spell disputed that Orillion’s death was due to the virus, despite the coroner’s determination. “That is a lie,” Spell told WAFB. Attempts to reach Orillion’s wife and his living siblings in the Baton Rouge area were unsuccessful or calls were hung up on.
Earlier today I reported that Spell’s lawyer, previously known here as Roy Moore’s “he’s a Jew” lawyer, has been hospitalized with COVID.