Head of Christian TV network that discouraged vaccines dies after contracting COVID-19

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The 64-year-old founder of a Christian television network that was critical of COVID-19 vaccines died on Tuesday after contracting the virus.

Marcus Lamb's death was announced by Daystar, the second-largest Christian network in the world, boasting an audience of 2 billion people globally, The Washington Post reported.

"The family asks at this time that their privacy be respected as they grieve this difficult loss, and they wish to express their deep love and gratitude for all those who prayed during Marcus's health battle," the network said in a statement.

In an email to the newspaper, Daystar spokesman Arnold Torres declined to comment on Lamb's COVID-19 views or vaccination status prior to his death.

"We were trying to treat the covid and pneumonia with the different protocols we use, including the ones we talk about on Daystar. We used those - I myself used them and had breezed through covid," Lamb's wife, Joni Lamb, had reportedly said Tuesday of her husband's illness on their show on the network.

Daystar hosted daily interviews with people who talked about the dangers of the COVID-19 vaccines and their impact on Christians' freedoms, the Post noted.

White evangelical Christians have seemed to resist COVID-19 vaccines more than other religious groups in the U.S., the newspaper added, perhaps as a result of alternative media consumption or political loyalties.

The Hill has reached out to Daystar for comment.

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