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Evangelist who mocked coronavirus response as anti-Trump “mass hysteria” dies from COVID-19

Mar 30, 2020

By Bil Browning

A Christian evangelist who mocked the response to the novel coronavirus pandemic has died after likely being infected while preaching on the streets of New Orleans. The city has been hard hit during the pandemic and the recent Mardi Gras celebrations have fueled transmission rates for both tourists and residents.

Landon Spradlin, who ran a musical Christian ministry, took his family with him to New Orleans to “wash it from its Sin and debauchery.” Spradlin became ill while traveling home to Virginia with his wife.

The minister tested positive for COVID-19. He was one of the first people from Virginia to die of the infection.

Spradlin was likely already infected when he posted a misleading meme comparing death rates for COVID-19 and swine flu. The meme claimed that coverage of the ongoing pandemic was a political attack on Donald Trump.

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