Nashville’s NBC News affiliate reports:
Conservative radio talk show host Phil Valentine has died after weeks in a Nashville area hospital battling COVID-19, according to his station, SuperTalk 99.7 WTN.
During a live broadcast at 4:15 p.m. Saturday, several of Valentine’s coworkers and close friends announced they had spoken with Valentine’s brother Mark, who confirmed the 61-year-old had passed away earlier in the afternoon.
Valentine had previously expressed his disagreement with mask mandates, stating that hospitals were never in danger of being overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients. He has also been critical of the virus vaccines, voicing his concerns over their safety.
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BREAKING: Conservative Radio Host Phil Valentine has died of COVID after a long battle 😷
He had recently made a parody song mocking the vaccine, but tried to encourage vaccines from his hospital bed. pic.twitter.com/GIIPGl0Syg
— The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) August 21, 2021
Here’s “Vaxman”, the song parody of the Beatles “Taxman” conservative radio host Phil Valentine made mocking the vaccine just a few days ago.
He is now reportedly hospitalized with COVID-19. 😷 pic.twitter.com/3b5rzVdzqb
— The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) July 21, 2021