“Please keep the Valentine family in your thoughts and prayers,” the station said in the tweet.
His death comes more than a month after the host first announced he had been diagnosed with Covid-19. On his show, Valentine had repeatedly downplayed the importance of getting vaccinated against the virus, saying last December that he believed his personal chances of dying from Covid-19 were “probably well below 1%”.
But his message changed at the end of July when his family announced that Valentine had been hospitalized in “a very serious condition” and was suffering from “Covid pneumonia and its side effects”.
“Phil would like his listeners to know that although he has never been an ‘anti-vaccine’, he regrets not being more vehement ‘Pro-Vaccine’, and looks forward to being able to defend this position more vigorously as soon as he is ‘anti-vaccine’. ‘he will be back on the air, which we are all hoping for soon,’ his brother Mark Valentine wrote on July 22.
Mark Valentine told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota in a July 26 interview that his brother was doing better but was “still deep in the woods” and breathing with help.
“He now recognizes that not getting the shot has probably stopped a bunch of other people from getting the shot,” he said in the interview. “And that he regrets.”
“It’s a real threat, it’s a real public health crisis and it’s something that if he had to start over… his cavalier attitude wouldn’t have been what it was and he would have been vaccinated and would have encouraged everyone to get vaccinated, “he added.
Following the announcement of his death, many tributes shared for the radio host.
“Maria and I are deeply saddened by the loss of Phil Valentine and pray for his family as they go through the difficult days ahead,” said Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee. wrote
Tennessee House President Cameron Sexton added that Phil Valentine “made a difference in life as a strong conservative voice”.
“He will be sadly missed by all! Our sincere prayers and deepest condolences go out to the Valentine family and Phil’s radio family”, Sexton wrote.