Christian TV founder and preacher Marcus Lamb, who discouraged vaccinations, dies after being hospitalized with Covid-19

By Carma Hassan, Michelle Watson | CNN Business

Prominent Christian televangelist and vaccine advocate Marcus Lamb has died after being hospitalized with Covid-19, his family announced on Tuesday.

Lamb founded the Christian television station Daystar Television Network in 1997.

Marcus Lamb founded the Christian television channel Daystar Television Network in 1997. (CNN)

His wife, Joni Lamb, announced the televangelist’s death during the Daystar Facebook show on Tuesday. She said her husband had diabetes but was in good health and had been hospitalized after being diagnosed with Covid-19.

“He never talked about it, but he had diabetes, but he kept it under control. He was very healthy, he ate healthy, he kept his weight down and still kept his sugar level at a good level. But in trying to treat Covid and pneumonia, the different protocols that are used, including many protocols that we’ve talked about here on Daystar, and we’ve used them, and I’ve used them and I’ve been through Covid in one flash.

It caused his blood sugar to spike and just a drop in his oxygen and that’s why he went to the hospital, so he could get oxygen,” Joni Lamb said. “He believed 100% in everything we talked about here on Daystar and helping so many people around the world with early protocol treatments for Covid. We stick to that, of course.

Joni Lamb said her “husband’s heart just gave out”.

Marcus Lamb has often spoken out against Covid-19 vaccines on his show. In an episode earlier this year featuring anti-vaccine activists Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Del Bigtree, Lamb said the Covid-19 vaccine was ‘not really a vaccine’, but an ‘experimental vaccine’. which was “dangerous”. Marcus Lamb alleged that people were dying or suffering neurological damage from the vaccine.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say Covid-19 vaccines “are safe and effective” and that any adverse effects after vaccination “are rare but can occur”. People not vaccinated against Covid-19 were 11 times more likely to die from the disease and 10 times more likely to be hospitalized with the disease, according to a study published by the CDC.

Marcus Lamb’s son, Jonathan Lamb, described his father’s Covid-19 diagnosis as a “spiritual attack from the enemy” while hosting the show on November 23. “There is no doubt in my mind that this is a spiritual attack from the enemy. Even though my parents went here to tell everyone about everything that is happening in the pandemic and some of the ways to deal with Covid, there’s no doubt the enemy isn’t happy about that, and they’re doing everything they can to take down my dad,” Jonathan Lamb said.

Joni Lamb described the disease as a “roller coaster ride” on that same episode. She asked people in November to “pray specifically for [Lamb’s] lungs to clean, Covid pneumonia, and pray that his oxygen levels continue to be strong and increase and that we can wean him off oxygen and then bring him home.

A statement from Daystar Television Network said in part, “The family asks at this time for their privacy to be respected as they mourn this difficult loss, and wish to express their deep love and gratitude for all who have prayed during the battle for Marcus’ health. Continue to lift them up in prayer in the days ahead. »

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