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.
“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.