An anti-vaxxer aged in his 30s, who even after being hospitalised with Covid-19 proclaimed he still would not get vaccinated, has reportedly died from the virus.
Stephen Harmon, 34, from southern California died after being hospitalised with Covid-19 earlier this month.
The 34-year-old was part of the Hillsong Church and his death was confirmed by the church’s founder and pastor Brian Houston on Twitter.
“Ben has just passed on to us the devastating news that our beloved friend, Stephen Harmon has passed away from Covid. Heartbreaking,” Houston tweeted.
The controversial founder of the scandal-plagued megachurch, who lives in Sydney, has since deleted the tweet.
On Instagram, Houston said Harmon was a graduate from Hillsong College and was “vital” to the church in California.
“He was one of the most generous people I know and he had so much in front of him. He would always turn up to our grandkids soccer games and he will be missed by so many,” he said.
Harmon’s social media accounts have since been made private, however screenshots of his tweets continue to be shared online. They show the details of his final days as he live tweeted his losing battle with Covid-19.
“If you’re having email problems, I feel bad for you, son. I got 99 problems but a vax ain’t one,” Harmon tweeted last month.
Despite his later health predicament, he remained defiantly anti-vaccine. A stance that almost certainly cost him his life.
According to KABC, Harmon said on Instagram, while he was in the hospital with Covid, he would not be getting the vaccine once he was released.
On July 12, Harmon tweeted an update to his followers regarding his health, saying it was “not the greatest update”.
“Still diagnosed w/ Covid, pneumonia + now bacterial pneumonia cause you know, go hard or go home,” he wrote.
He added he had just had a conversation about what should be done if he became unconscious, as his “oxygen dependency is worse”.
In another tweet, he asked for people to pray for him, as he was on “max oxygen” and had been asleep all day.
“If my oxygen crashes again they will have to intubate me or I risk significant brain damage from going unconscious and it’s possible I may not come back,” he said.
“I’ve seen the miraculous before but I need a miracle to happen, now!”
‘Don’t know when I’ll wake up. Please pray’
He added he had two panic attacks “out of nowhere” and he was fighting for his life, trying to remain calm and control his breathing.
Then on July 21, he tweeted another update to his followers.
“I’m choosing to going [sic] under intubation, I’ve fought this thing as hard as I can but unfortunately it’s reached a point of critical choice and as much as I hate having to do this, I’d rather it be willingness [sic] than forced emergency procedure,” Harmon tweeted.
“Don’t know when I’ll wake up, please pray.”