(CNN)Phil Valentine, a Nashville-essentially based mostly conservative radio talk show host who had puzzled whether it turned into major for all folks to win Covid-19 vaccines, died on Saturday, his employer, WWTN Radio, announced on Twitter. Valentine turned into 61 years conventional.
“Please retain the Valentine family to your tips and prayers,” the station talked about within the tweet.
His death comes more than a month after the host first announced he had been diagnosed with Covid-19. On his program, Valentine had time and again downplayed the importance of getting a vaccine against the virus, announcing final December that he believed his deepest odds of death from Covid-19 were “presumably formula lower than one p.c.”
But his message changed in dumb July when his family announced that Valentine had been hospitalized in “very vital situation” and turned into plagued by “Covid Pneumonia and the attendant side effects.”
“Phil would cherish for his listeners to know that while he has never been an ‘anti-vaxer’ he regrets no longer being more vehemently ‘Skilled-Vaccine’, and looks to be ahead to being ready to more vigorously recommend that reputation as rapidly as he’s inspire on the air, which we all hope will be rapidly,” his brother Price Valentine wrote on July 22.
Price Valentine instructed CNN’s Alisyn Camerota in a July 26 interview his brother turned into doing better but turned into “nonetheless very deep within the woods” and respiratory with assistance.
“He acknowledges now that him no longer getting the vaccination has presumably brought about a bunch of rather just a few folks no longer to win vaccinated,” he talked about within the interview. “And that he regrets.”
“This is an valid threat, it’s miles an valid public health crisis and it’s one thing that if he needed to complete all as soon as more … his cavalier attitude wouldn’t comprise been what it turned into and he would comprise gotten vaccinated and encouraged each person to win vaccinated,” he added.
Following news of his death, many shared tributes for the radio host.
“Maria and I are deeply saddened by the lack of Phil Valentine and pray for his family as they navigate the complicated days ahead,” Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee wrote on Twitter.
Tennessee Home Speaker Cameron Sexton added, Phil Valentine “made a distinction in lifestyles as a solid conservative order.”
“He’ll be vastly missed by all! Our heartfelt prayers & deepest sympathies hasten out to the Valentine family & Phil’s radio family,” Sexton wrote.