The infamous right-wing radio host who called Covid-19 vaccines "bogus bull s**t" has passed away from the virus.
Sixty-five-year-old Dick Farrel was a former Newsmax host and pioneer of the shock jock genre. He died on Wednesday in West Palm Beach, Florida after being hospitalized from complications relating to the Covid-19 virus.
Prior to him falling sick and passing away, Farrel had written on Facebook that Dr. Anthony Fauci was a "power-tripping lying freak", mocked vaccines, and referred to the pandemic, which has taken the lives of more than 6 million people worldwide, as a "scamdemic."
It seems however that as he realized he was becoming unwell, he began reaching out to friends and telling them to get vaccinated.
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"COVID took one of my best friends! RIP Dick Farrel. He is the reason I took the shot. He texted me and told me to 'Get it!' He told me this virus is no joke and he said, "I wish I had gotten it!" said Farrel's close friend Amy Leigh Hair on her Facebook page.
She told WPTV: "I was one of one the people like him who didn't trust the vaccine. I trusted my immune system. I just became more afraid of getting COVID-19 than I was of any possible side effects of the vaccine. I'm glad I got vaccinated."
"He texted me and told me to 'Get it!' He told me this virus is no joke and he said, 'I wish I had gotten it!'"
His partner Kit Farley said he "fought like a tiger" and pleaded with people to not put off getting the vaccine. "He was known as the other Rush Limbaugh. With a heavy heart, I can only say this was so unexpected. He will be missed," she wrote on Facebook.
Radio veteran, and life-long friend, George Kalman, said: "We became such close friends that he would always call me for advice when applying for jobs or anything pertaining to radio. I was like a big brother to him. As I told [WPTV NewsChannel 5] on the phone I owned WFLN AM in Arcadia and WJUP FM in Jupiter.
"He did the morning show on WJUP and I did the afternoon show. For WFLN, Farrel was Production Director. After I retired and sold my stations in 2016 Farrel, went on to anchor for Newsmax and did voiceover work. Before I left for New York City [this] May he came over to my house in Jupiter for a bar-b-que and was doing fine. [The] problem is COVID got him. As you can imagine I am very upset about his demise and will miss him greatly."
Described as a pioneer "shock talk" host, especially in South Florida, Broadcaster Jay Zegar, formally of 98.7 The Gater, said: "We weren't friends and he really didn't have to do it but it showed his compassion underneath the gruff radio personality. It's something I never forgot and was always grateful to him for it."
Currently 617,000 Covid related deaths in America.