Who was Dick Farrel?
Dick Farrel, whose real name is Farrel Austin Levitt, is widely known as the former Newsmax fill-in anchor and conservative talk show host who earlier blasted Anthony Stephen Fauci and Covid-19 vaccines, died at 65.
In a shocking turn of events in his last few days, the man texted his pals asking them to get the Covid-19 vaccine.
Anti-Vax Radio Host Who Called Fauci a ‘Power Tripping Lying Freak’ Dies of COVID.
Dick Farrel, 65, used his local talk show and social media to rail against Fauci and say that no one should get the coronavirus vaccine. https://t.co/x4ehigOWiw
— Julia Davis (@JuliaDavisNews) August 7, 2021
Dick Farrel used to be Newsmax’s fill-in host back in 2018.
How old was Dick Farrel?
Dick Farrel was 65 years old at the time of death.
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Farrel anchored for Newsmax after the radio station where he worked, WFLN, was sold in 2016, according to friend and station owner George Kalman, who penned Farrel’s obituary.
The right-wing talk show host reportedly texted his friends in his last few days urging them to get the Covid-19 vaccine jab.
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Previously, Farrel had frequently hit out against the Covid-19 vaccine on his personal Facebook page.
In a July 3, 2021, post, he wrote: “Why take a vax promoted by people who lied 2u all along about masks, where the virus came from and the death toll?” although he didn’t provide any additional context or clarification.
“Vaccine Bogus Bull Shid!, Two peeps I know, got vaxed, now have Corona, hospitalized critical,” he wrote on July 1.
“Thank you Moderna, FOR NOTHING!” Creative Director of Hubbard South Florida Mike McCabe, a friend of Farrel’s, said on Facebook that he had been battling Covid-19 for three weeks before his death earlier this week.
Farrel had also verbally lashed out at Dr Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, calling him a “power-tripping lying freak” while supporting former president Donald Trump. However, after contracting the Covid-19 virus, Farrel changed his mind and texted his friends to get the vaccine.
“He is the reason I took the shot,” said Amy Leigh Hair, Farrel’s close friend.
“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!”
Florida Radio Host Dies of COVID-19
Since Dick’s death, tributes have poured in from friends and colleagues.
Dick was 65 and reportedly passed from complications of Covid-19. Farrel’s partner, Kit Farley, wrote on Facebook, “He was known as the other Rush Limbaugh. With a heavy heart, I can only say this was so unexpected.”
“He will be missed.”
Former South Florida talk show host Dick Farrel has died from COVID. He advocated against getting the coronavirus vaccine and was skeptical of Dr. Anthony Fauci, but changed his view after contracting Covid. #SoulsLostToCovid https://t.co/30KLVXTWNF pic.twitter.com/uuSkipTQEr
— Cleavon MD 💉 (@Cleavon_MD) August 6, 2021