Dick Farrel dead: Anti-vax radio host said ‘I wish I got it’ before dying of Covid

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Anti-vax radio host Dick Farrel, 65, died of Covid on August 4. He had urged his listeners not to get vaccinated and was a critic of Dr Anthony Fauci, Chief of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease.

Mr Farrel said Dr Fauci was a “power-tripping lying freak” who conspired with “power trip libb loons”. He also said in a Facebook post in June: “So, you think it wasn’t a SCAM DEMIC? NOT ONE ELECTED DEMOCRAT ever tested positive.”

Last month, he said of the vaccine: “Why take a vax promoted by people who lied to you all along about masks?”

Friends said that after contracting the virus, Mr Farrel changed his point of view.

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Dick Farrel

Dick Farrel said ‘I wish I got [vaccine]’ before dying of Covid (Image: YouTube/Dick Farrel Show)

Mr Farrel’s close friend, Amy Leigh Hair, said in a Facebook post: “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!”

Ms Hair told Florida news station 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 than I was of any possible side effects of the vaccine. I’m glad I got vaccinated.”


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Dick Farrel

Dick Farrel, 65, died of Covid on August 4. (Image: YouTube/Dick Farrel Show)

Dick Farrel had his own radio talk show in Florida and previously worked as a Newsmax fill-in TV host in 2018.

Mr Farrel’s partner Kit Farley wrote on Facebook: “He fought like a tiger. Please don’t put off getting attention for this illness. Yes, for some it has minimal effects, but others it is deadly.

“He was known as the other Rush Limbaugh. With a heavy heart, I can only say this was so unexpected. He will be missed.”

Mick McCabe, creative director of the radio broadcaster Hubbard South Florida, told WPTV: “Dick was a pioneer ‘shock talk’ host, certainly here in South Florida, and a loyal friend both personally and to listeners here for decades.”

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