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Conservative radio host Phil Valentine dies after battle with COVID-19

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Philip Carr Valentine was an American conservative talk radio host, author, and actor. He broadcast daily on WWTN, a Cumulus Media station on Nashville, Tennessee. He was known in Tennessee for leading protests against a proposed state income tax.

Phil Valentine, a Nashville based conservative radio talk show host who questioned whether it was necessary for people to get the COVID-19 vaccine, died on Saturday, his employer, WWTN Radio, announced on Twitter.

Valentine was 61 years old.

Phil’s death comes a month after it was announced that he had been hospitalized due to COVID-19 in July.

Mr. Valentine wrote on his blog that he didn’t believe he needed to be vaccinated, and the chances of him dying from the virus should he become infected, were “way less than one percent.”

He announced his COVID-19 diagnosis on July 11 and pledged to return to his show within a day or two.

After Valentine was moved into a critical care unit, Mark Valentine said his brother regretted that “he wasn’t a more vocal advocate of vaccination.”

Phil Valentine has been a radio personality since he was 20.