An anti-vaxxer has died of COVID-19 after mocking people for getting the vaccine that he called "experimental" on social media.
David Parker passed away in hospital in the UK, earlier this week, despite being fit before he fell ill and having no underlying health conditions.
The fifty-six-year contracted the virus just weeks after he took to social media, criticizing the vaccine, the government, the media, and pharmaceutical companies.
In one Facebook post, Parker wrote that felt "the need to post information on here for people that aren't receiving another side to the story due to media not being impartial."
"When research is done into who finances the media it leads to the pharmaceutical companies. Who knows who is right or wrong. If I'm wrong I'll hold my hand up but I will not stay silent.
"I am still not getting this experimental vaccine until more information is available on long term effects."
In another post, he shared an image of an anti-lockdown protest in London, writing "brilliant" with a clapping hands emoji.
Following his passing, Parker's family is encouraging others to get vaccinated.
His friend, Steve Wignall, spoke with The Sun and explained that "his family are devastated."
"They were very close and loved each other dearly," he said.
"But despite their terrible loss they would like it to be known that they're encouraging everyone to please get vaccinated because they don't want others to suffer as they are now."
Wignall, who is the director of the bar where David lived in a flat on the site, caught the virus on the same day as Parker, however Wignall is double jabbed unlike Parker who had refused to have the vaccine.
"We argued about vaccination, we tried to convince him to get it, but he wouldn't," Wignall said.
"He didn't believe in it and he didn't want it, it was out of distrust of the elite, frankly, and we couldn't change his mind. We had both been working in the kitchen at Louis and we were both pinged at the same time and we were both ill with it. I had to go to hospital myself."
After 10 days and 3 negative tests, Wignall had recovered enough to return to work however for Parker it was only getting worse.
"I do have some underlying health condition but Dave didn't. He'd be out walking his dog three times a day and was fit and well," he said.
Wignall had been calling to check of Parker, but when there was no answer at his door, he went inside and immediately called for an ambulance.
"It's the most tragic and awful thing to have happened to an absolutely wonderful guy," he added. "People are concerned the vaccine causes blood clots but Dave died with blood clots on his heart and lungs and kidney failure from blood clots. "
"The danger is not the vaccine, it is Covid and people need to get vaccinated, that's what myself and David's family would tell anyone."