Man Who Dismissed COVID-19 As ‘political ploy’ Dies From The Virus

A 60-year-old man named John W. McDaniel, died last Wednesday in Columbus, U.S. – just one month after reportedly posting a series of disagreeable messages about the coronavirus crisis. 

“Does anybody have the guts to say this COVID-19 is a political ploy? Asking for a friend. Prove me wrong,” he posted on March 13, as per The Sun.

A couple of days after that message, McDaniel reportedly referred to Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s stay-at-home and closing restaurants and bars rules as “bulls*t”.

“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,” he reportedly posted.

“The madness has to stop.”

His posts have since been taken down but were kept and shared all over the web, including by coronavirus expert, Doctor Dena Grayson.

The man’s obituary confirmed that he passed away

“with his loving family by his side from complications from Covid-19.”

He is considered to be the first person who died of the virus in Marion County, according to the Marion Star.

Unlike McDaniel, his grieving family urged for “everyone to continue practicing social distancing to keep each other safe.”

McDaniel’s leaves behind a wife and two boys. His funeral service is set to be livestreamed on April 22. 

“You could not have known a more loving and loyal husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and friend,” the obituary read.

“Simply put, Johnny McDaniel loved life and loved everyone he knew with his whole heart.”

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