Farrel was vocal about his opposition to vaccination and common skepticism concerning the severity of the pandemic. On July 1, he made a Facebook put up claiming to personally know two folks in crucial situation with COVID-19 regardless of being vaccinated. On July 7, he known as Dr. Anthony Fauci a “power tripping lying freak.” These posts had been amongst a number of others of the identical sentiment, together with at the very least one eliminated by Facebook for together with misinformation, in response to The Hill.
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But as soon as Farrel contracted the virus himself, his opinion modified. WPTV reported that Amy Leigh Hair, Farrel’s shut buddy, determined to get the vaccine due to him. “COVID took one of my best friends! RIP Dick Farrel. He is the reason I took the shot,” she posted on Facebook. “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!’ 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 fought like a tiger. Please don’t put off getting attention for this illness,” Farrel’s longtime associate Kit Farley wrote on Facebook. “Yes, for some it has minimal effects, but others it is deadly.”
According to one other put up by Farrel’s buddy Mick McCabe, Farrel struggled with COVID-19 for 3 weeks earlier than he died. He was 65.
Farrel’s dying comes as Florida battles a brand new surge in COVID-19 circumstances, having reported on Friday its highest variety of every day reported circumstances because the begin of the pandemic.
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