A 37-year-old man from Ohio who claimed that the coronavirus pandemic was just “hype” and repeatedly refused to wear a face mask died of COVID-19.
Richard Rose, a staunch supporter of Donald Trump, wrote on Facebook on July 1 that he had COVID-19 symptoms and was tested.
The U.S. Army veteran, who served for nine years and went on two tours through Iraq and Afghanistan, tested positive.
He died of the virus on July 4 at his home in Port Clinton, Ohio.
Rose was born in the city and lived there all his life.
Richard Rose, 37, of Ohio, claimed in a Facebook post that the pandemic was just "hype".
On April 28, he said he wasn't wearing a face mask and "didn't buy himself in this damn hype".
He voiced his support for Trump, who has repeatedly downplayed the severity of the virus.
On May 29, he wrote: “I stand by my President and his words. It's finally time to have a president with our backs. I'm happy to call him MY PRESIDENT !! "
He accompanied the text with a screenshot of Trump who promised to take action against Black Lives Matter protesters after George Floyd's death in Minneapolis, and Trump described them as "thugs".
The previous day, he wrote a post criticizing Black Lives Matter and describing the movement as a "joke".
"I'm going to catch a lot of hell for this one, but let me start by not being racist in any way and I support the peaceful protest to convey your point of view," he said.
& # 39; Want to know why the # BlackLivesMatter movement is a joke?
“They all throw this hashtag around and then burn down buildings, kill shopkeepers and loot buildings. It is ruining people's lives. You are SELF FISH in your THEFT.
“That's why we don't take your movement seriously. Start acting like you want to change something and maybe people would listen. & # 39;
On May 12, Rose wrote that he was "fed up" with the shit about COVID on cable television
On April 28, the pandemic was just "hype".
"Let's make that clear," he wrote in a post that was shared 10,000 times.
»I don't buy a royal mask. I made it this far by not getting involved in this damn hype. & # 39;
On May 12th, Rose wrote: “I'm tired of turning my TV on for political smear and shit about COVID.
»So yesterday I handed over my cable box.
“I also started dozing people here. It's time to hide negativity. & # 39;
Before his death, Rose shared news about his health on July 1 and wrote, “I have been very sick in the past few days.
Symptoms of Covid-19. I was finally wiped this morning. I should soon know what the results are. I just want to feel good again! & # 39;
Later that day, he announced that he had tested positive for the virus
& # 39; Good. I am officially quarantined for the next 14 days, ”he wrote.
& # 39; I just tested positive for COVID-19. Shit because I just started a new job! & # 39;
On July 1, Rose wrote that he had been very sick in the past few days. Symptoms of Covid-19. & # 39;
The same day, he announced his test results and said he would be quarantined for 14 days
On July 2nd, Rose said: & # 39; This crazy shit is shit! I'm so out of breath when I just sit here. & # 39;
He died two days later.
Nick Conley, Rose's friend, told Cleveland 19 that everyone was "blown away" by Rose's death.
"They hear about this virus and don't expect it to affect people, younger people like us," Conley told the station.
Conley met Rose through a shared love of video games.
In his obituary, his family says he enjoyed social media, online streaming, paranormal, and his two cats Dale and Tucker.
Rose was a fan of NASCAR, Dirt Track Racing and Georgia Bulldogs Football.
"Rick is being slaughtered online because he chose not to wear a mask, and that's not true," said Conley.
Rose's last post the day before his death was, "If you see me in heaven, you are not a judge idiot yourself."
Rose's last post the day before his death. Boyfriend Nick Conley said it wasn't right to mock him
“We should still be compassionate about whether we agree with someone's beliefs or not. Someone died and we should have some pity for it. & # 39;
"It's terrible that we lost Rick, but the more tragic part of it is who else got infected because of the actions he chose."
Ohio has reported more than 65,000 confirmed cases with at least 3,058 deaths.
The state reported a daily record of 1,525 newly reported coronavirus cases on Friday.
There are more than 3.2 million confirmed cases and at least 135,066 deaths in the United States