Phil Valentine, a radio host from Nashville, passed away, according to SuperTalk 99.7 WTN’s social media announcement. Valentine was diagnosed with COVID-19 on July 11. Two weeks later, he was hospitalized as his condition got serious. 

Announcing Valentine’s demise, SuperTalk 99.7 WTN wrote, “We are extremely saddened to report that our host and friend Phil Valentine has passed away. Please keep the Valentine family in your thoughts and prayers. We love you, Phil, we will mis(s) you. ” 

In a broadcast, the station revealed that Valentine passed away at approximately 2.30 pm on August 28. Dan Mandis, radio host at 99.7, said on air, “This is, unfortunately, one of those moments that we’ve all been dreading.”

Valentine was 62 years old, and his syndicated talk show aired on 30 stations across the country. He was outspoken about the vaccine and argued about why it was a necessity among people who had the lowest risk of being infected with COVID-19, including kids. 

On June 24, Valentine stated that social media platforms like YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook were “public health nuisances” because they censored misinformation about the coronavirus. He was also of the opinion that vaccination for children was “tantamount to child abuse.”

On July 11, when he confirmed that he was diagnosed with COVID-19, he said the experience was “interesting” and hoped to return on air in a day or two. 

Friends and family of Valentine had reported that the star was “in grave condition” as he had spent over a month hospitalized. Mandis had also put up an announcement on his Facebook page saying, “Update from Phil’s family: Phil remains in grave condition. Please continue to pray!!” 

However, after being diagnosed with COVID-19, Mark Valentine, a relative of the radio host, said that Phil regretted not being “vehemently ‘Pro-Vaccine'” and looked forward to advocating that position more vigorously.