Ted Nugent says he had COVID: ‘I thought I was dying’

Nugent has falsely claimed pandemic is ‘not real’

Ted Nugent announces he tested positive for COVID-19 during a Facebook Live video on April 19, 2021.
Ted Nugent announces he tested positive for COVID-19 during a Facebook Live video on April 19, 2021. (Facebook Live)

Right wing rocker and Michigan native Ted Nugent took to Facebook this week to announce he tested positive for COVID-19 and experienced severe symptoms for 10 days.

In a live video Monday night, Nugent said he had “flu symptoms” for 10 days that made him feel like he was “dying.”

“I literally could hardly crawl out of bed the last few days ... I was officially tested positive for COVID-19 today,” he said in the video laden with graphic language and completely false statements about vaccines.

Nugent, 72, had called COVID-19 “not a real pandemic.” In his video Monday he said people told him he shouldn’t announce that he tested positive.

Nugent, a loud supporter of ex-President Donald Trump, also has called the pandemic a scam and complained about public health restrictions.

A poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research in late March found that 36% of Republicans said they will probably or definitely not get vaccinated, compared with 12% of Democrats. The seven-day national average of cases remains over 60,000 new infections per day.

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