Bernier, 65, began showing symptoms of the coronavirus some three weeks ago before succumbing to the virus, according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

“I’m numb,” Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood told the News-Journal. Chitwood called Bernier’s death a “death in the family” and added that while they didn’t see eye-to-eye on everything, the two men were friends.

“We had the ability to do that give and take,” Chitwood said. “You don’t have to agree with everything a person says for them to be your friend. I don’t think a lot of people get that.”


Bernier’s death comes after months of him proclaiming that he would never get the vaccination.

HuffPost recalls the exchange between Bernier and his co-host about getting the vaccination.

“Come on!” replied co-host Justin Gates.

Bernier fired back: “Are you kidding me? Mr. Anti-Vax? Jeepers.”

“Ever?” asked Gates.

“No,” Bernier said.

HuffPost added that Florida is ratchet AF (I’m paraphrasing) and as such “has battled a surge of infections, hospitalizations and deaths, including a record number of deaths in a single day due to the pandemic.”


So let’s pour one out for Mr. Anti-Vax as he left this world owning the libs!