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COVID claims life of anti-vaccine radio talk show host in Florida

The death of Marc Bernier on Saturday was the third this month among conservative talk show hosts outspoken against the coronavirus vaccine.
Jacksonville radio's Marc Bernier hosted top newsmakers from Florida and nationwide for 30 years.
Jacksonville radio's Marc Bernier hosted top newsmakers from Florida and nationwide for 30 years. [ Marc Bernier Show ]
Published Aug. 30, 2021|Updated Aug. 30, 2021

A conservative Florida radio host who was against taking a coronavirus vaccine has died.

Marc Bernier died Saturday of COVID-19 after a three-week battle, his radio station announced. He was 65.

“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,” WNDB radio’s News Daytona Beach announced Saturday. “We kindly ask that privacy is given to Marc’s family during this time of grief.”

Bernier had been afflicted three weeks earlier after hosting radio talk shows in Daytona Beach for 30 years, and after dubbing himself “Mr. Anti-Vax.” He also said the U.S. government was “acting like Nazis” for insisting people get the shot.

That airtime included a morning comment, three-hour afternoon show, and weekend shows and specials. Longtime radio show guest and Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood was gutted after learning that the host had died sometime after 6 p.m. on Saturday.

“I’m numb,” Chitwood told The Daytona Beach News-Journal. “To me, this is a death in the family.”

Bernier’s death was the third this month among conservative talk show hosts outspoken against the coronavirus vaccine.

He was preceded eight days earlier by Phil Valentine, a 61-year-old conservative talk radio host in Tennessee who mocked coronavirus vaccines. He battled the disease for a month.

Dick Farrel, a former Newsmax commentator and coronavirus-denying, vaccine-resistant radio talk show host in South Florida, died of COVID-19 complications on Aug. 6, at age 65. He had exhorted fans not to get the vaccine, calling the coronavirus crisis a “scam-demic.”

Both Farrel and Valentine urged friends and followers to get the vaccine as the disease closed in on them and said they regretted not doing it themselves.

Bernier, speaking to a guest about a week after the Pfizer shot was approved for emergency use in December, was adamantly against it, though it wasn’t clear how he felt at the end.

- Theresa Braine, New York Daily News

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