Man who called COVID-19 lockdown 'bull****' dies from the virus

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A man who reportedly said the coronavirus lockdown is “bull***” has reportedly died from the virus.

John McDaniel, 60, from the US state of Ohio, died in hospital on April 15, according to his obituary.

According to News Corp, he contracted COVID-19 in late March.

In a number of Facebook posts obtained by the Metro, which appear to have been taken down along with Mr McDaniel’s profile, he questioned Ohio governor Mike DeWine's stay-at-home order.

“If what I'm hearing is true, that DeWine has ordered all bars and restaurants to be closed, I say bulls***” he wrote.

John McDaniel is pictured.
John McDaniel, 60, died from coronavirus after reportedly questioning whether it was a hoax. Source: Snyder Funeral Homes

In a separate post, he reportedly questioned whether coronavirus was a “political ploy” and asked if “anybody had the guts” to suggest it.

In his obituary, published by Snyder Funeral Homes, the 60-year-old was remembered as “the first to crack a joke no matter the occasion”.

“He had an unwavering determination and he couldn’t be stopped when he put his mind to something,” it reads.

“You could not have known a more loving and loyal husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and friend. He was extremely generous; his giving knew no bounds.

“He was truly protective of his family and the first one they would turn to if they ever needed anything.”

Mr McDaniel’s reported frustration over coronavirus and how it led to lockdowns is reflective of how many Americans currently feel.

Last week, in Mr McDaniel’s home state of Ohio, people were pictured angrily protesting outside the statehouse calling for the lockdowns to end.

Protesters gather outside of the Ohio State House in Columbus, Ohio.
Protesters storm the Ohio State House in Columbus on Monday. Source: AAP

That’s despite the fact the US currently has suffered more than 42,300 deaths as of Tuesday and has more than 780,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus.

State senate candidate Melissa Ackison was among them and has called the shutdown of businesses “full-on unconstitutional tyranny”.

In other parts of the US, even militia armed with rifles have been pictured at rallies calling for an end to measures put in place to stop the spread of the virus.

Protesters gather outside of the Ohio State House in Columbus, Ohio.
People are angry the virus has closed businesses. Source: AAP

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