COVID-19 Denier Dies Of It; Called Stay-At-Home Orders ‘Bulls—t’

John W. McDaniel

TooFab Staff | April 21, 2020

An Ohio man who called the coronavirus pandemic a “political ploy,” has died of COVID-19.

John W. McDaniel, 60, passed away last Wednesday in Columbus — just one month after he shared multiple Facebook posts dismissing the state’s stay-at-home orders.

McDaniel, who called Ohio’s lockdown “bullshit,” tested positive for COVID-19 in late March.

According to The Sun, he wrote in a March 13 post:

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“Does anybody have the guts to say this COVID19 is a political ploy? Asking for a friend. Prove me wrong,”.

On March 15, McDaniel called out Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, claiming he didn’t have the right to close down bars and restaurants. McDaniel reportedly stated:

“I say bullshit! He doesn’t have that authority. If you are paranoid about getting sick just don’t go out. It shouldn’t keep those of us from living our lives. The madness has to stop.” Read more. 

Ohio man who disparaged lockdown measures on Facebook dies of coronavirus

April 22, 2020

By Doha Madani

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NBC News – Social media posts of an Ohio man who disparaged coronavirus lockdown measures are now circulating online after he died of COVID-19, the disease associated with coronavirus.

Screenshots of Facebook posts calling social distancing measures “bullshit” have surfaced online just days after John W. McDaniel, 60, died of coronavirus on April 15.

One screenshot of a post dated March 13 included an accusation that the virus was a “political ploy.”

The posts have gone viral, even getting the attention of British broadcaster Piers Morgan.

“Let his death be a warning to everyone else who wants to be ‘living our lives’ & ignore lockdowns – it may END your life,” Morgan tweeted Tuesday.

NBC News was unable to find McDaniel’s account, which may have been deleted, and cannot independently verify the screenshots.

McDaniel’s family did not immediately respond to a request for comment from NBC News … Read more. 

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