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3rd American talk show host who condemned vaccines dies of COVID

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
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A conservative American radio talk show host, who voiced skepticism about COVID-19 vaccination, has died after battling with the coronavirus — the third radio personality in the United States who publicly criticized vaccines to die of the virus this month. 

Marc Bernier, 65, who had called himself “Mr. Anti-Vax” on his weekday WNDB radio show from Daytona Beach, died over the weekend after a three-week fight against the virus.

“It’s with great sadness that WNDB and Southern Stone Communications announce the passing of Marc Bernier, who informed and entertained listeners on WNDB for over 30 years,” the station tweeted.

“We kindly ask that privacy is given to Marc’s family during this time of grief.”

Bernier, who was known for inviting opposing voices to his show, had been hospitalized since August 7.

His death came less than a week after another conservative radio talk show, Phil Valentine, also a COVID vaccine skeptic, succumbed to the virus.

Valentine’s employer WWTN Radio announced his death on Twitter last Saturday. He was 61 years old.

On his show, Valentine had repeatedly questioned the necessity of getting vaccinated, saying last December that he believed his personal odds of dying from COVID-19 were "probably way less than one percent."

On August 4, Dick Farrel, another conservative radio host who had downplayed the coronavirus vaccine, died from COVID-19 complications.

Farrel had worked at several radio stations in Florida, including WIOD in Miami and WPBR in Palm Beach, and had served as a fill-in anchor on Newsmax.

The on-air personality also criticized Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infection disease expert, calling him a “power-tripping lying freak.”

Florida has become one of America’s hot spots for the virus amid the Delta variant surge.

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