WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A family in Michigan is mourning the loss of Antwone Rivers who passed from COVID-19 after refusing the vaccine.
- In April, Rivers and his wife Hollie contracted COVID-19 and his symptoms continued to worsen.
- Hollie said that they took COVID-19 seriously and followed safety guidelines but they were not comfortable receiving the vaccine.
A father of five in Michigan died from complications due to COVID-19 two weeks ago. Antwone Rivers, 39, and his wife Hollie decided not to receive the vaccine.
The Rivers couple contracted COVID-19 in mid-April. Hollie had mild symptoms but Antwone’s symptoms continued to worsen despite having no underlying conditions.
Hollie told FOX2 that her husband was admitted to the hospital shortly after.
“I know that it was like a week into us having COVID, he started feeling worse and I started feeling better,” Hollie said.
While being treated at the hospital, Antwone was placed on a ventilator. Not long after, every organ in his body began to fail. He died due to complications on May 13.
According to Hollie, she and Antwone took COVID-19 seriously and follow safety protocols — wearing masks and following social distancing guidelines. But they decided they were not comfortable getting the vaccine.
“It was funny because two weeks prior to this happening, we were talking about it more saying, ‘Maybe we should get vaccinated’ ,” Hollie told FOX2. “And now it’s like, a big loss for everybody.”
Antwone had a rough time growing up. But he was described as “a superhero dad” of five kids, ranging in age from one to 13.
“He made a commitment to his wife Hollie that their children would not have the same experiences he had growing up,” a friend of the family wrote on a GoFundMe campaign created in his honor.
“He was there for the birth of all of his children. He potty trained them all. He saw their first steps. Never missed a birthday. Because of this, his kids call him their superhero.”
Hollie told FOX2 that she and the children have had a hard time processing Antwone’s death.
“Hard – but it is even harder for our children,” she said. “Our oldest, she is 13, and she is sadder for the younger two because they are 3 and 1. And she’s sadder they won’t have the memories the other children will have.”
She added, “Most of all it feels like a dream and it hasn’t hit me yet.”