A QANON anti-vaxxer and former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) agent who insisted Covid was a “hoax” died from the virus after his “lungs stopped working.”
The death of Robert David Steele, a conspiracy theorist who claimed to be the first person to say Covid is a hoax, was announced on Sunday.
Steele’s friend opened up about his death in a 14-minute long video shared on Instagram on August 29.
Mark Tassi wrote alongside the video: “RIP Robert David Steele.
“I am sad to report that the great patriot, Robert David Steele, has just recently passed.”
As he spoke about his late buddy, he told his listeners: “Open your eyes. Don’t take my word for it. Do the research, as I have done.
“He was doing well until they put him on Remdesivir… This immediately resulted in his oxygen levels dropping and they began shaming the family to force him onto a ventilator.”
When someone said “this is all Florida is offering,” Tassi said the state is being “targeted” because Gov Ron Desantis “is not going along with the agenda.”
In regards to Steele’s death, Tassi said “the whole thing is very suspicious.”
Vice’s Jack Bryan posted to Twitter following Steele’s death and recounted interviewing the anti-vaxxer who “refused to wear a mask and claimed he was the first person to call covid a hoax.”
According to Vice, Steele took part in taking QAnon from 4chan and sharing the conspiracy at the beginning of 2018. He was also frequently invited as a guest on Alex Jones’ Infowars show.
Steele was hospitalized with Covid earlier this month and his death comes approximately two weeks after he insisted he “will not take the vaccination” in a blog post.
In a Public Intelligence Blog post titled “Robert’s Condition” and dated August 17, 2021, Steele wrote: “With love to all of you, I survived! I went in at 77 oxygenation. I’m up to 94.
“I will not take the vaccination, though I did test positive for whatever they’re calling ‘COVID’ today, but the bottom line is that my lungs are not functioning.”
He added: “The good news is that I will survive with a few days off. I should be back up and at least functional soon. This is been a near-death experience, very much like a near-death experience the whole country is going through right now.”
Steele concluded his post by saying “we’ve all been lied to about everything… but we also know that we can trust each other.”
Before getting sick, Steele spent three months spreading his baseless election fraud claims and pandemic conspiracy theories on an Arise USA Tour.
He also pushed for a “forensic audit” of Maine’s election results at an event last month in Belfast, the Bangor Daily News reported.