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COVID-19-Defying Pastor’s Parishioner Dies After Contracting COVID-19

Apr 17, 2020

By Hemant Mehta

Pastor Tony Spell, the head of Louisiana’s Life Tabernacle Church, has refused to close his church because “True Christians do not mind dying,” and now we’re seeing proof of that.

On the same day we learned Spell’s lawyer was hospitalized for COVID-19, we found out a member of his congregation died of the same virus.

Harold Orillion was 78 and a member of the church in “good standing.” It’s unclear if he attended the recent Easter service, but if he did, it’s not hard to imagine he could have caught it there.

Spell, naturally, dismissed the insinuation. He believes Orillion died of something else.

Spell also disputed that Orillion’s death was due to the virus, despite the coroner’s determination. “That is a lie,” Spell told WAFB.

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