Daily US Times: A California man who mocked coronavirus vaccines on social media has died after a month-long battle with Covid-19.
Stephen Harmon, a member of the Hillsong megachurch, had been a vocal opponent of vaccines against Covid-19, making a series of jokes about not having the vaccine.
“Got 99 problems but a vax ain’t one,” he tweeted to his 7,000 followers in June.
The 34-year-old was treated for Covid-19 and pneumonia in a hospital outside Los Angeles, where he died on Wednesday.
In the last days of his life, Mr Harmon documented his fight against the notorious virus, posting pictures of himself in his hospital bed.
He said: “Please pray y’all, they really want to intubate me and put me on a ventilator.”
Mr Harmon said in his final tweet on Wednesday that he had decided to go under intubation, writing, “Don’t know when I’ll wake up, please pray.”
Despite his struggle with the Covid-19, Mr Harmon still said he would reject being vaccinated, saying his religious faith would protect him.
Prior to his death, had mocked about the vaccines and pandemic, sharing memes saying he trusted the Bible over Dr Anthony Fauci, top US disease expert.
In a tweet on Thursday, Hillsong founder Brian Houston confirmed news of his death.
Mr Houston said in an Instagram post: “Ben has just passed on to us the devastating news that our beloved friend, Stephen Harmon has passed away from Covid. Heartbreaking.”
“He was one of the most generous people I know and he had so much in front of him,” he wrote.