For weeks, Phil Valentine battled COVID-19 in a Nashville area hospital. However, according to reports, the conservative radio host has lost his battle with the coronavirus. SuperTalk 99.7 WTN, Valentine’s station confirmed that he had passed away.
Valentine was 61 years old at the time of his death, according to WKRN. He passed away during the afternoon of Saturday, Aug. 21. The station reported that Phil Valentine’s brother, Mark, told the radio host’s friends and coworkers that he has passed away.
Valentine was famous for his show, “The Phil Valentine Show.” On July 11, he reported via his Facebook page that he had contracted COVID-19. At that time, he updated his followers on how he was feeling. He said he had fatigue, congestion, and coughing that are well-known symptoms of the coronavirus. Also at the time, he was hopeful that he was making a recovery. Even though he said having the virus “hurts like crap.”
“I think I’m on the other side of it,” Phil Valentine also said of the virus.
Valentine also posted that he hoped to make a recovery sooner rather than later.
“I’m certainly moving forward, it appears, but not in a straight line… It’s just one of those things. I don’t want it to linger on,” he shared.
On July 22, Valentine’s family reported that the conservative radio host was “in very serious condition” after contracting “covid pneumonia.” He was battled other side effects of the virus as well. The family revealed a few days later that Phil Valentine had been placed on a ventilator.
State, Federal Government Officials React to the Death of Phil Valentine
Phil Valentine was known for his anti-mask point of view, as well as his opposition to COVID-19 vaccines. However, according to a statement from his family, the radio host was not against the vaccines.
“Phil would like for his listeners to know that while he has never been an ‘anti-vaxer’ he regrets not being more vehemently ‘Pro-Vaccine’ and looks forward to being able to more vigorously advocate that position as soon as he is back on the air, which we all hope will be soon,” the statement said.
After the news broke on Saturday that Phil Valentine had passed away, Tennessee Governor Bill commented on his death. He said that he and his wife, Maria, “are deeply saddened” by Valentine’s death. He also said they would be praying for his family.
U.S Senator Marsha Blackburn and U.S Senator Bill Haggerty also commented on Valentine’s death.
“Phil Valentine was a visionary for the conservative movement,” Blackburn said in a statement. “He made an enormous impact on the lives of many Tennesseans as an esteemed radio host, actor, and author. It was a privilege to know Phil, and I know his legacy will endure. …”
Haggerty shared his comments via Twitter.
“Very sad news for our state! Tennessee has lost a strong conservative voice who will be sorely missed. Chrissy and I extend our condolences and deepest sympathies to the entire Valentine family, Phil’s many friends, and his colleagues and faithful listeners at @997wtn,” Haggerty said.