Pastor Who Said Coronavirus Pandemic Was The Result Of “Mass Hysteria” From The Media, Dies From The Virus

Pastor Who Said Coronavirus Pandemic Was The Result Of “Mass Hysteria” From The Media, Dies From The Virus 1

A pastor and traveling musician who claimed that the coronavirus
pandemic was the result of “mass hysteria” from the media has died from
the deadly virus.

66-year-old Landon Spradlin from Gretna in Virginia, passed away this
week at the Atrium Health Cabarrus hospital, in Concord, North
Carolina, after teasing positive for coronavirus. 

According to Danville Register & Bee, Landon had both bronchitis and
a small case of pneumonia, and had already tested negative for the
coronavirus while in New Orleans.

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On March 17, Landon Spradlin and his wife were returning home from a
traveling ministry when he fell ill. As his health issues became
serious, Jean Spradlin tried to pull her husband out of the car during a
stop in Concord, North Carolina, the publication reported. 

“When I got his feet on the ground they crumpled,” she said.

He was rushed to the Atrium Health Cabarrus, a hospital in Concord,
where doctors placed him on a ventilator and diagnosed him with double
pneumonia,  meaning both lungs were infected, the report added. 

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Spradlin later tested positive for COVID-19 in the hospital and died
on Wednesday. He is among the first people from Virginia to die from
Covid-19. 

Before his death,  Spradlin shared a misleading meme on March 13,
comparing coronavirus deaths to swine flu deaths and said that the
pandemic was the result of “mass hysteria” from the media.

He also suggested that the media is using the pandemic to hurt President Donald Trump. 

In the comment,  Spradlin said the outbreak is a “real issue,” but added
that he believes “the media is pumping out fear and doing more harm
than good”

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“It will come and it will go,” he wrote.

Facebook has since flagged the post as displaying “partly false information” after being reviewed by independent fact-checkers.