Pastor Who Criticized 'Hysteria' Surrounding Coronavirus Dies From Coronavirus

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Pastor and accomplished blues musician Landon Spradlin died at a North Carolina hospital on March 25.

Concord, NC – A 66-year-old Virginia pastor who suggested that the response to COVID-19 was being manipulated by the media to create “mass hysteria” died after contracting the novel coronavirus.

Landon Spradlin, a pastor and accomplished blues musician, traveled to Louisiana with his wife in February to perform with his family’s band during the annual Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans, BBC News reported.

"His mission was to go into pubs, clubs and bars, play the blues and connect with musicians and just tell them that Jesus loved them," according to his 28-year-old daughter, Jesse Spradlin.

"Mardi Gras is like Times Square in New York during New Year's Eve. It's a sea of people just drinking and partying," Jesse explained. "He was loud and laughing and in his element."

Spradlin began feeling sick while in New Orleans, but he initially tested negative for COVID-19, BBC News reported.

On March 13, he shared a Facebook post that compared the number of novel coronavirus deaths to the number of swine flu deaths.

The post suggested that President Donald Trump and President Barack Obama were treated differently by the media during the pandemics, and that the media drummed up a “panic level” of “mass hysteria” to negatively affect the public’s view of Trump.

In the comments, Spradlin noted that although he believed COVID-19 was “a real issue…the media is pumping out fear and doing more harm than good,” according to the Fredericksburg Patch.

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

Over 14,700 Americans have now died from COVID-19, already surpassing the 2009 swine flu numbers, according to the World Health Organization.

According to Spradlin’s son, Landon Isaac, they both agreed that the virus was not a hoax, but that people were reacting irrationally to the pandemic.

“He did put up that post because he was frustrated that the media was propagating fear as the main mode of communication," Landon Isaac told BBC News.

Spradlin was still in Louisiana in mid-March when his health began to deteriorate further.

He and his wife decided to make the drive back home to Virginia, but they were forced to seek help at a hospital in North Carolina due to his dire condition.

Spradlin tested positive for COVID-19, and was also found to have pneumonia in both lungs, BBC News reported.

He was admitted into intensive care, and succumbed to the disease eight days later.

Jesse said that her family was stunned that the virus had taken Spradlin away from them.

"We just never thought our father would pass away because of this,” she told BBC News. "But he wasn't the type of person to just live in fear and let it rob him of the joy of the life that he had.”

Comments (39)
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Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

🤣 some people are born to teach others valuable lessons.

SmileAndWave
SmileAndWave

Leopards ate my face. Also current totals surpass H1N1.
Total cases: 395,011
Total deaths: 12,754

Trefflek
Trefflek

Spradlin tested positive for COVID-19, and was also found to have pneumonia in both lungs, BBC News reported. So what will cause of death be? Covid 19 or complications from pneumonia...

rhj10077
rhj10077

karma

JBoH
JBoH

"But he wasn't the type of person to just live in fear and let it rob him of the joy of the life that he had.”

Fear wasn't robbing him. COVID-19 was.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Over 14,700 Americans have now died from COVID-19, already surpassing the 2009 swine flu numbers, according to the World Health Organization.

In 2017-2018, an estimated 61,000 Americans died from influenza.

Currently, total US deaths from COVID-19 are projected to be 60,400, but the estimates keep getting lower...

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Excalibr4
Excalibr4

My take on the people who choose not to comply. Those over 60 are mostly idiots. Those under 60 are mostly selfish. The only real heroes and ones with courage are those on the front lines, like doctors, nurses and first responders. This guy was just a selfish idiot and in a warped sense, did a public service by showing others how foolish it is to ignore the guidelines.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Yep. Hats off to everyone in the medical profession and first responders.

Where I live, everyone seems to be doing their part to prevent the spread.

I complete agree with this guy (RIP) that the media is creating mass hysteria, Obama's treatment by the press under H1N1 was massively different than Trump's under COVID, and people are reacting irrationally to the pandemic.

There is no reason that church services cannot be held )while Home Depot remains open), and it is a fundamental freedom and right that must be protected and countless have died protecting. Religious people have a right to worship as they please, just as I have a right to buy food at the grocery store.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

so what you're saying after 2 months is that the WHO and CDC were right, and that social distancing and remaining at home were the smart actions to take. You kept comparing COVID to a cold or flu, when you're seeing right now that even with social distancing, COVID deaths will equal the flu. There's also flu vaccines and herd immunity, neither of which we have for COVID.

If the country used your logic, there is no telling how many people would have died.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

It's just like the flu, yep. My opinion has not changed one bit. I am so thankful I was right from the very beginning, and they have been dramatically over-predicting the virus while over-reacting with the response.

I was my hands, avoid sick people, and try not to touch handrails and door handles as a matter of practice. Suspending parts of the Constitution are uncalled for.

Deaths are comparable to influenza. By far, most countries are seeing decreases in daily new cases, including Sweden which did not close down restaurants, cafes and bars. NYC needs less new ICUs than before the pandemic.

COVID deaths will equal the flu. There's also flu vaccines

Don't you see the contradiction in your logic?

Of course you don't. There is no COVID vaccine, but it's only going to be as bad as the flu.

PS: Thank God for President Trump. He should start opening things up expeditiously.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

sweden? the place with universal healthcare?

Never thought you'd agree with that.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

You Communists aren't very bright.

There is nothing to agree to. Sweden did not close schools or anything, and their numbers are decreasing. You are not nearly as bright as I have given you credit for in the past. I think you are stressed from living in Liberal cesspool called LA.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

they also pay much higher taxes and expect their government to foot the bill when there's an economic hiccup. You know, like a government that claims to work for its citizens should do.

Anomie88
Anomie88

Ahh, Darwinism.


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