A conservative Colorado radio host who opposed coronavirus vaccines, face masks and other pandemic precautions has died from COVID-19.
Bob Enyart’s death was confirmed by his “Real Science Radio” co-host Fred Williams on social media earlier this week.
“It was with an extremely heavy heart that my close friend and co-host of Real Science Radio lost his battle against Covid,” Williams shared on Facebook. “Bob Enyart was one of the smartest, and without a doubt, the wisest people I have ever known.”
The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office confirmed to USA TODAY that it had been notified of Enyart’s death, but declined to provide further information.
Enyart, who was also a pastor at Denver Bible Church, was an opponent of COVID-19 vaccines and other precautions amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
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His congregation and the Community Baptist Church in Brighton, Colo., Successfully sued the state last year over restrictions in the event of a pandemic. A judge ruled that religious groups in the state did not have to implement certain capacity limits or require worshipers to wear masks.
Enyart also encouraged listeners to his radio show not to get vaccinated against COVID-19. According to an article shared on his show’s website last month, he and his wife, Cheryl Enyart, were not getting vaccinated because the inoculations were tested “on cells from aborted babies.”
The post says that while it is not “inherently sinful” to get an “immorally developed” vaccine, “we urge everyone to boycott Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson to further increase social tension and lobby on child killers “.
Neither Pfizer’s nor Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine involves cells derived from aborted fetal tissue, but cells originally derived from the tissue were used in early lab tests.
Cell lines from aborted fetal tissue have been used in the development and production of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. However, religious leaders from several groups have approved the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for worshipers.
The Denver Bible Church confirmed earlier this month on Facebook that Bob and Cheryl Enyart had been hospitalized with COVID-19 infections.
Enyart started broadcasting around 30 years ago, according to several reports. He drew attention to a series of arguments and segments, including saying repeatedly that people requesting abortion should be sentenced to death.
In an old TV show, the host also read obituaries of people who have died of AIDS while playing the Queen’s band song “Another One Bites the Dust”.
USA TODAY has contacted the hosting website KGOV.com for comment.
Enyart is not the only conservative radio host who has verbally opposed vaccinations to die from COVID-19 in recent weeks. Marc Bernier, a radio host in Daytona Beach, died last month after a three-week battle with COVID-19. Phil Valentine, a Tennessee radio host who was skeptical of vaccines until hospitalized with COVID-19, also died last month.