Farrel Austin Levitt (August 1, 1956 – August 4, 2021), known professionally as Dick Farrel, was an American conservative media personality and anti-vaccine activist. Born and raised in Queens, New York City, he graduated from Queens College and began a career in radio broadcasting in the New York City area before moving to Florida in 1983. Farrel was workig for WJUP in Jupiter and WFLN in Arcadia (today WCXS). Farrel was known as a shock jock with a provocative style, and also played a role in local Republican Party politics. His right-wing talk radio commentary led to a lawsuit for libel in 2002. He later served as a substitute host for Newsmax.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Farrel was a prolific spreader of COVID-19 misinformation via social media. He mocked the pandemic as a "scam", encouraged people to avoid COVID-19 vaccination, and attacked Anthony Fauci as a "power tripping lying freak". Farrel became ill with COVID-19 in summer 2021, and his condition rapidly deteriorated. Once hospitalized, his friends said that he expressed regret about refusing vaccination and about his role in encouraging others to do so. He died from complications of the virus in West Palm Beach, Florida, on August 4, 2021, at age 65.
- Rosenblatt, Kalhan (August 8, 2021). "Florida radio and Newsmax host who opposed Covid vaccine dies of Covid complications". NBC News. Retrieved August 16, 2021.
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- Man, Anthony (May 13, 2006). "GOP RABBLE-ROUSER RIPS INTO A FELLOW REPUBLICAN". Sun Sentinel.
- "Truth takes on fantasy during Palm Beach slander trial". South Florida Business Journal. June 10, 2002. Retrieved August 9, 2021 – via www.bizjournals.com.
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- Kampeas, Ron (August 10, 2021). "Jewish Funeral for Dick Farrel, COVID Skeptic Who Died of the Virus". Jerusalem Post.
- Man, Anthony (August 13, 2021). "Conservative radio host, COVID-19 denier, dies of virus; 65-year-old had refused to get a vaccination". Sun Sentinel.
- "Vocal anti-vaccine broadcaster dies from COVID-19 complications". WPTV. August 6, 2021. Retrieved August 9, 2021.
- Coverage of Farrel's death from COVID-19:
- "Anti-vaccine radio host in Florida dies of Covid-19 at age 65". The Independent. August 8, 2021. Retrieved August 9, 2021.
- "Rightwing radio host and anti-vaxxer dies of Covid". The Guardian. August 8, 2021. Retrieved August 9, 2021.
- Helmore, Edward. "Right-wing shock jock and anti-vaxxer dies of Covid". The Irish Times. Retrieved August 9, 2021.