A conservative Florida radio host who criticized coronavirus vaccination efforts before contracting Covid-19 himself has died, his station said on Saturday.
According to a claim: “It is with great sadness that WNDB and Southern Stone Communications announce the passing of Marc Bernier, who has informed and entertained WNDB listeners for over 30 years. We kindly ask that privacy be granted to Marc’s family during this time of mourning.
When Bernier was hospitalized with Covid-19 three weeks ago, WNDB director of operations Mark McKinney told local media: “If you’ve been listening to his show, you’ve heard him say how good he is. is anti-vaccine on the air. “
In December, Bernier told a guest, “I’m not taking it… Are you kidding me? Mr. Anti-Vax? Jeepers.
Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said the station told him Bernier, 65, died on Saturday night.
“I’m numb,” Chitwood told the Daytona Beach News-Journal. “For me, it’s a death in the family. “
As the contagious Delta variant spreads, states led by Republicans resistant to public health mandates, including Florida, are grappling with a spate of hospitalizations and deaths.
The overwhelming majority of hospitalizations and deaths from Covid-19 in the United States are unvaccinated people.
According to Johns Hopkins University, nearly 637,000 people have died from Covid-19 in the United States.
Covid deaths among conservative media figures who have opposed vaccination or other public health mandates continue to garner national and global media attention.
Among the tributes to Bernier, who according to WNDB “enjoyed a successful 46-year career as a broadcast journalist,” many said that while his show presented a conservative point of view, he was still fair to the Liberals .
“He gives all sides,” Justin Gates, a listener-turned-friend, told the News-Journal. “He’s not going to intimidate and throw punches or take potshots or do odds. This is why it is so popular.