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"We are saddened to report that our host and friend Phil Valentine has passed away," his station, SuperTalk 99.7 WTN, tweeted Saturday afternoon. "Please keep the Valentine family in your thoughts and prayers."
Before he was hospitalized with COVID-19, Valentine told listeners he was "taking vitamin D like crazy" and that a doctor agreed to prescribe him the anti-parasite drug ivermectin, according to the Associated Press.
After Valentine's condition began to worsen, his brother Mark Valentine went on the radio to say that Phil Valentine was "regretful that he wasn't a more vocal advocate of the vaccination," according to the AP.
"For those listening, I know if he were able to tell you this, he would tell you, 'Go get vaccinated. Quit worrying about the politics. Quit worrying about all the conspiracy theories," his brother said on the air.
Robert Preidt and Robin Foster
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