The leader of Texas’ anti-mask movement has died from Covid


Caleb Wallace, who led the anti-mask movement in central Texas, died from COVID-19 after spending three weeks in the intensive care unit, according to an announcement from his wife, Jessica.

“Caleb has peacefully passed on. He will forever live in our hearts and minds,” she wrote in a post on a GoFundMe that was set up for her husband.

Jessica Wallace, who is pregnant with the couple’s fourth child, told the San Angelo Standard-Times that Caleb took a mix of vitamin C, zinc, aspirin and Ivermectin — a drug used to treat parasites in both people and animals but has been unproven as a Covid treatment.

From The New York Times:

Mr. Wallace, 30, who campaigned against mask mandates and other Covid policies that he saw as government intrusion, lived in San Angelo for most of his life and worked at a company that sells welding equipment. He checked into the Shannon Medical Center on July 30.

Earlier that month, Mr. Wallace had organized a “Freedom Rally” for people who were “sick of the government being in control of our lives.”

He founded the San Angelo Freedom Defenders, a group that hosted a rally to end what it called “Covid-19 tyranny” according to a YouTube interview.

According to the Times, Jessica Wallace did not share her husband’s views. She says their three children are up-to-date on their vaccines and that she herself planned to get a coronavirus vaccine after the birth of her baby in late September. “We are not anti-vaxxers,” she said.

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