Phil Valentine dead at 61 – Tennessee radio host who mocked vaccine & sang 'Vaxman' song to Beatles tune dies of Covid

RADIO talk show host and former critic of the Covid-19 vaccine Phil Valentine has died after weeks of battling the virus.

The 61-year-old, from Tennessee, publicly mocked the country's vaccination efforts and disagreed with mask mandates before contracting the virus in July.

“We are saddened to report that our host and friend Phil Valentine has passed away,” Valentine’s radio station, SuperTalk 99.7, tweeted yesterday.

“Please keep the Valentine family in your thoughts and prayers.”

According to WKRN, his death was confirmed by a number of Valentine's co-workers who had spoken to his brother Mark.

Before catching the virus, Valentine regularly commented on the pandemic including performing a song called "Vaxman" – a parody of The Beatle's song "Taxman".

“Let me tell you how it will be,” he sang. "and I don’t care if you agree, ‘Cause I’m the Vaxman, yeah I’m the Vaxman.

"If you don’t like me coming round, be thankful I don’t hold you down.”

Last month, Valentine announced his diagnosis on Facebook stating that it "hurts like crap".

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After he was transferred to hospital, his family released a statement to social media urging people to get vaccinated.

“Please continue to pray for his recovery and PLEASE GO GET VACCINATED!" the statement read.

His family also confirmed at the time that Valentine had "never been an 'anti-vaxxer'" but "regrets not being more vehemently 'pro-vaccine'".

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