The creator of an anti-vaccine TV network, Marcus Lamb, died of COVID Nov. 30.
Although he was allegedly taking Ivermectin to prevent infection, his wife, Joni Lamb, confirmed that he died of COVID, according to NewsWeek. She also said that Marcus had been hospitalized after his oxygen dropped and alternative treatments proved ineffective.
Marcus, who was diabetic and 64 years old, made him a high risk of catching and dying from the virus.
The televangelist used the Daystar Television Network, which he created in the late 1990s, to host prominent anti-vaccine voices, NewsWeek reported. On the network's website, Daystar called vaccines the "most dangerous thing" children face and filed a petition to block President Joe Biden's vaccine rule from going into place. Daystar also called implementing a vaccine mandate a "sin against God's Holy Word."
Marcus’ network has become the “second-largest Christian network in the world,” reaching more than two billion people worldwide.
Jonathan, Marcus' son, said there was "no doubt" in his mind that his father's death was a "spiritual attack from the enemy," according to NewsWeek.
"As much as my parents have gone on here to kind of inform everyone about everything going on to the pandemic and some of the ways to treat COVID — there's no doubt that the enemy is not happy about that. And he's doing everything he can to take down my dad," Jonathan told NewsWeek.
Just like with Marcus, Hoverson was also taking Ivermectin, an anti-parasitic that is generally administered to animals, although humans can use it too. The FDA has no data on the drug’s use as a COVID treatment, according to the New York Post. In fact, the FDA says that animal drugs are “concentrated at levels that can be highly toxic for humans.”