MARCUS Lamb's Covid death was a "needless tragedy", Piers Morgan has said after the Daystar founder spread anti-vaxx messages to his followers.
The prominent Christian broadcaster and vocal anti-vaxxer died on Tuesday at the age of 64 – weeks after he tested positive for Covid.
In a statement, the network said: "It’s with a heavy heart we announce that Marcus Lamb, president and founder of Daystar Television Network, went home to be with the Lord this morning.
"The family asks that their privacy be respected as they grieve this difficult loss. Please continue to lift them up in prayer."
Double-jabbed Piers Morgan, 56, shared the news of Lamb's death on Twitter and called it "another needless tragedy".
He said: "How many anti-vaxxers have to die from Covid before they realise they're wrong?"
Weeks before his death from Covid complications, Lamb had called on followers not to follow "the crowd" and interviewed many public figures who have been critical of vaccines.
In a tweet, Lamb implored his followers to "follow the calling, not the crowd" and advised them to "Ask God, not Google!" to answer their questions.
Lamb’s son Jonathan had described his father’s Covid infection as "a spiritual attack from the enemy" to take him down, according to CBS19.
In a recent broadcast on the network, Jonathan said: "As much as my parents have gone on here to kind of inform everyone about everything going on to the pandemic and some of the ways to treat Covid – there’s no doubt that the enemy is not happy about that.
“And he’s doing everything he can to take down my Dad."
Lamb's wife, Joni, had earlier thanked viewers for their prayers in a telephone call from her husband’s hospital bed.
Describing her husband’s illness, she said: “It’s like, you’ll just be up and everything’s great, and then you have a little lull, and then you come down low and then you come back up, but from everybody that I talk to — I think that’s the pattern."
Joni said Lamb had diabetes and had been hospitalized with Covid when his oxygen levels dropped.
She said her husband had tried "alternate treatments" when he tested positive for the virus.
His family and friends in recent weeks had been praying for his recovery.
The Texas televangelist was the CEO of Daystar, which launched in 1997 and is popular with evangelical Christians.
'PIONEER OF THE FAITH'
The network has over 70 stations across the US and it has also expanded outside the country to be broadcast in 74 countries across the world.
It became a platform for misinformation and conspiracy theories during the pandemic and Lamb's shows had featured well-known vaccine-skeptics such as Robert Kennedy Jr., Sherri Tenpenny and Del Bigtre.
Tributes to the network founder were led by other pastors and evangelists.
"Please pray for Marcus Lamb’s family. I will always be grateful for Marcus. He said ‘yes’ every time we wanted to reach more people through Daystar," Greg Laurie said.
"Millions have heard the Good news because he & Joni dedicated their lives to building a platform for the Gospel to reach the world."
Pastor Jack Graham added: "Marcus Lamb was a dear friend & pioneer of the faith.
"I’m grateful for the privilege of partnering with him on Daystar for 25 years. His legacy will impart blessings & impact the Kingdom of God for years.
"My prayers are with his family. He will be missed & wholly celebrated."
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