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Hillsong churchgoer who joked he had '99 problems but a vax ain't one,' dies from COVID-19

Brian Niemietz, New York Daily News on

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A California vaccine skeptic said to have “so much in front of him” has died from COVID-19.

Stephen Harmon, a member of the Hillsong megachurch where Justin Bieber, Kendall Jenner and Chris Pratt have reportedly sat in attendance, lost his battle in Los Angeles on Wednesday. The Independent said he was 34.

News of his death was announced by Hillsong pastor Brian Houston on Twitter.

“He was one of the most generous people I know and he had so much in front of him,” Houston wrote.

According to Harmon’s Twitter feed, which was made private Friday, his skepticism over vaccine succumbed to concern after he was hospitalized earlier this month.

“Please pray y’all, they really want to intubate me and put me on a ventilator,” he wrote Sunday. “If you don’t have faith that God can heal me over your stupid ventilator then keep the Hell out of my ICU room, there’s no room in here for fear or lack of faith.”

 

Harmon later tweeted that he had decided to opt for intubation as his condition worsened.

His previous posts, though still defiant, also appeared flippant. On June 3, he posted one entry paraphrasing Jay-Z’s rap classic “99 Problems.”

“If you’re having email problems, I feel bad for you, son,” he tweeted. “I got 99 problems but a vax ain’t one.”

CBS news said Harmon lived in Corona, California. He described himself on Twitter as being “Passionate for people, inspired by vision, determined by conviction.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned last week that the nation was facing a “pandemic of the unvaccinated.”

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