A Yorkshire nightclub boss who refused the Covid-19 vaccine, calling it “experimental”, has tragically died from the virus.
Fit and healthy David Parker, 56, had posted a number of dismissive comments on social media just weeks before falling ill and dying in hospital, The Sun reports.
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His heartbroken family and friends are now urging other sceptics to get the jab to prevent further tragedies.
Steve Wignall, one of Mr Parker’s friends, said: “His family are devastated, they were very close and loved each other dearly.
“But despite their terrible loss they would like it to be known that they’re encouraging everyone to please get vaccinated because they don’t want others to suffer as they are now.”
David Parker died aged 56 after contracting coronavirus
(Image: Facebook/David Parker)
Mr Parker, who ran Club Louis in Catterick Garrison for ten years, refused to get the vaccine despite his friends and family pleading with him.
He had posted hundreds of messages criticising the vaccine, the government, the media and pharmaceutical companies.
In one post he said: “I feel the need to post information on here for people that aren’t receiving another side to the story due to media not being impartial.
“When research is done into who finances the media it leads to the pharmaceutical companies. Who knows who is right or wrong. If I’m wrong I’ll hold my hand up but I will not stay silent.”
He added: “I am still not getting this experimental vaccine until more information is available on long-term effects.”
Mr Parker died just a few weeks later, on August 2, at Darlington Memorial Hospital.
Steve, 59, who is the director of the bar where Mr Parker lived in a flat on the site, said: “We argued about vaccination, we tried to convince him to get it, but he wouldn’t.
“He didn’t believe in it and he didn’t want it, it was out of distrust of the elite, frankly, and we couldn’t change his mind.”
The pair contracted the virus at the same time but unlike Mr Parker, Steve was double-jabbed.
“We had both been working in the kitchen at Louis and we were both pinged at the same time and we were both ill with it. I had to go to hospital myself,” Steve told the Sun.
“But the difference is that I was able to recover enough to come back to work after 10 days after three negative tests, whereas David’s situation got worse.
“I do have some underlying health condition but Dave didn’t. He’d be out walking his dog three times a day and was fit and well.
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“After he caught it he didn’t want to do tests, didn’t want to call a doctor, so I would call in and check on him.
“When there was no answer at his door I went in and as soon as I saw him I called an ambulance.
“It’s the most tragic and awful thing to have happened to an absolutely wonderful guy.
“People are concerned the vaccine causes blood clots but Dave died with blood clots on his heart and lungs and kidney failure from blood clots.
“The danger is not the vaccine, it is Covid and people need to get vaccinated, that’s what myself and David’s family would tell anyone.
“There has been such an outpouring of wishes for Dave, people are truly devastated. There is a Dave-shaped hole in Louis and the local community that can never be filled.”
Club Louis issued a statement shortly after his tragic death paying tribute to the popular nightclub boss.
“It is with enormous regret that we have to announce the passing of our manager, David Parker,” the statement read.
“He was being treated for the effects of Covid but lost his struggle.
“On behalf of the whole Louis Family, we offer our deepest condolences to his family and friends, he will be sorely missed.”
It added: “A pragmatic man, David would want the show to go on, so we remain open with the family’s agreement.
“RIP David, Mr LOUIS.”
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