WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A pastor who criticized the “mass hysteria” brought by the novel coronavirus pandemic had died from the illness.
- He started feeling unwell while preaching for a Mardi Gras in New Orleans a month before his death.
- By mid-March, he was brought to the hospital where he tested positive for the coronavirus. He then died after eight days in the ICU.
A pastor from Virginia has been reported to have died from the coronavirus after criticizing the “mass hysteria” surrounding the pandemic.
Pastor Landon Spradlin from Gretna, Virginia, which is a small town in between Lynchburg and Danville, was preaching for Mardi Gras in New Orleans when he started to feel sick. But he was tested negative for the coronavirus at this time.
Spradlin, who was also a seasoned musician inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2016 aside from being a pastor, had a mission of going into pubs, clubs bars to play the blues and “connect with musicians and just tell them that Jesus loved them,” his 28-year-old daughter, Jesse Spradlin said.
On March 1, as he was battling with coronavirus symptoms, he shared a meme that compares deaths from the coronavirus to swine flu deaths. He shared it on his Facebook, but it is now no longer visible.
The meme criticized people’s reaction to the virus and called it “mass hysteria”. It also implied that the media uses this outbreak to attack United States President Donald Trump.
The pastor commented that the COVID-19 “is a real issue, but I believe the media is pumping out fear and doing more harm than good,” adding that “it will come and it will go.”
By the middle of March, Spradlin’s health was deteriorating. He was brought to a hospital in North Carolina. The doctors found out he developed pneumonia in both lungs. He was then tested for coronavirus, and the result came in positive.
Eight days after he was taken to intensive care, the pastor eventually died.
Source: New York Post