Rock ‘n’ roll singer, guitar legend and political activist Ted Nugent revealed that he tested positive for COVID-19, months after dismissing the worldwide medical emergency as “not a real pandemic.”
“I thought I was dying,” Nugent, 72, said in a Facebook live video posted Monday. “I literally could hardly crawl out of bed the last few days,” adding: “So I was officially tested positive for COVID-19 today.”
Nugent, the Amboy Dukes guitarist from the 1960s who went on to a successful solo career in the 1970s, used racist slurs to reference COVID-19 and said he had been suffering flu-like symptoms for 10 days, the Detroit Free Press reported.
“Everybody told me I should not announce this, but can you hear it?” Nugent said at the beginning of his video, which clocked in at slightly under nine minutes. Nugent said he had a “stuffed up head” and body aches, and “literally could hardly crawl out of bed the last few days.
“I thought I was dying,” the “Cat Scratch Fever” singer said from his Michigan ranch, pausing on occasion for his self-described “rattly cough.”
Previously, Nugent has referred to COVID-19 as a “leftist scam to destroy” former President Donald Trump. “It’s not a real pandemic and that’s not a real vaccine, I’m sorry,” he claimed in a video posted on Christmas, People reported.
Nugent has also claimed that the death toll figures COVID-19 have been inflated, according to The Associated Press.
“Nobody knows what’s in it,” Nugent has said. “If you can’t even honestly answer our questions of exactly what’s in it and why are you testing it on human beings and forcing it on people in such a short period of time?”
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