A right-wing podcast host from Virginia known for his anti-vaccination views and other conservative beliefs died on Monday, Jan. 3, after reportedly getting infected with COVID-19 during a conservative, right-wing event.

Douglas Kuzma, a host for the far-right station Frog News Network, was first supposedly infected by the virus during the right-wing-affiliated ReAwaken America Tour conference in Texas on Dec. 11, according to the Daily Beast.

Kuzma reportedly felt ill before Christmas but refused to take a test to confirm it as COVID-19 out of a fear of getting vaccinated. However, he was hospitalized on Christmas Eve 2021 after he was found unconscious at his home, where he then promptly was taken to a health facility, the New York Daily News reported.

“You must have lost your mind, so they can kill me, and try and give me the jab,” he reportedly said on social media. “I’ll die at the house before I go to the hospital.”

“Doug is suffering from Covid after returning from a recent patriot conference,” Lin Wood, a pro-Trump associate of Kuzma, said. “His lungs are not responding to treatment.”

Kuzma was subsequently sedated and hooked to a ventilator, and he suffered for over 10 days trying to stay alive, even reportedly using the disproven COVID-19 cure ivermectin on himself. Kuzma’s family has been left devastated by his death.

“I really loved him and I would do anything for him,” Amanda Kuzma, Douglas’s daughter, said. “He was a great father.”

Kuzma was not the only one from the conference who came back with COVID-19. Many who attended the ReAwaken America Tour reportedly felt ill, prompting rumors that organizer Clay Clark had pumped anthrax through the system, something which he denies.

“Well, he didn’t have it before he went there, let’s say that,” Tim Greer, a friend of Kuzma, said about the rumors, before clarifying, “Well, he [Kuzma] was tested positive for COVID, so COVID is what it is.”

A podcast and radio host for the far-right station Frog News Network, Douglas Kuzma has died from COVID-19 after he was reportedly infected in the superspreader event ReAwaken America Tour in early December. This is a representational image. Ovinuchi Ejiohuo/Unsplash.

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