An Ohio resident who reportedly called COVID-19 “a political ploy” and called his state’s lockdown “bullshit” has died after contracting COVID-19, reports The Sun.
OhioHealth officials confirmed Thursday that John W. McDaniel, 60, Marion, died at 1:34 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15 at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, according to the Marion Star.
McDaniel, who was the president of the O&M Company in Marion, was receiving treatment for the COVID-19 virus at Riverside when he passed away.
Weeks before his Death, McDaniel allegedly posted several Facebook posts dismissing the coronavirus pandemic, screenshots of which have been circulated widely on social media after the announcement of his death.
Tragic. And avoidable. He was angry too. RIP pic.twitter.com/tAPHZY6aq9
— Colby (@Kailua_gal) April 19, 2020
On March 15, he appeared to attack Ohio governor Mike DeWine’s stay-at-home order, which required shops, bars and restaurants to close.
“If what I’m hearing is true, that DeWine has ordered all bars and restaurants to be closed, I say bullshit!” the post reads. “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. The madness has to stop.”
In another post, also believed to have been written by McDaniel, he asks: “Does anybody have the guts to say this Covid19 is a political ploy? Asking for a friend. Prove me wrong.”
On March 12, he reportedly wrote: “I’m more afraid of spiders than the Wuhan Flu! Truth.”
McDaniel’s page appears to have since been removed from Facebook.
In an obituary posted by Snyder Funeral Homes, McDaniel was described as having a love of the water.
“You could not have known a more loving and loyal husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and friend,” the obituary reads. “He was truly looking forward to building a new family cabin in the self-titled nature retreat of ‘Locwood,’ fifty-plus acres in Marion County where he and Lisa [his wife] had planned to enjoy their retirement years (damn Covid-19!).”
“On behalf of [McDaniel’s] family, they would like to extend a heartfelt ‘Thank you’ to the nurses at Marion General Hospital and to all the staff at Riverside Methodist Hospital for everything they did to try and save Johnny’s life from Covid-19,” the obituary continued. “They would also like to remind everyone to continue practicing social distancing to keep each other safe.”
A service celebrating McDaniel’s life will be live-streamed by the funeral home on April 22.
There have been 1,834 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Marion County, Ohio, and 12,516 in statewide. There have been 509 deaths reported in the state.
Earlier this month, a Virginia evangelical pastor who defiantly held a packed church service in March passed away after being infected with the coronavirus.
CNN’s Jake Tapper addressed the issue of Americans denying the severity of the pandemic and later dying after contracting the illness, writing on Twitter: “Practically every day I see a tweet or blog post about someone who wrongly thought COVID-19 was a hoax dying of COVID-19 and all I can think about are the members of the media and politicians who mis-informed that person and who assuredly feel zero responsibility.”
Practically every day I see a tweet or blog post about someone who wrongly thought COVID-19 was a hoax dying of COVID-19 and all I can think about are the members of the media and politicians who mis-informed that person and who assuredly feel zero responsibility.
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) April 20, 2020