Dusty and Tristan Graham from Huntsville were both staunchly anti-vaccination and passed away from the virus within weeks of one another.
The husband and wife team, known as the ‘Alabama Pickers,’ had openly discussed how they believed the jab was an affront to their human rights and had no intention of receiving it in their YouTube videos.
Dusty and Tristan Graham, known for their staunch opposition to the COVID-19 vaccine have both died from the disease within weeks of one another
Dusty died from the disease on Thursday, three weeks after his wife ‘passed suddenly in her sleep’ following complications from the coronavirus.
‘Unfortunately Dusty and Tristan have both passed away,’ the couple’s daughter, Windsor Graham wrote on a GoFundMe page. ‘Thank you for all the kind words and helping us during this difficult time.’
In one of their final videos posted earlier this year, the married couple openly discussed their anti-vaccine stance and shared their opinion on local mask mandates.
‘Still haven’t gotten the you know what. Still not planning on getting it’ Dusty said.
‘But if you want to, bully for you,’ Tristan chimed in as she supported her husband.
The couple’s channel had 10,000 subscribers before it was removed from YouTube
Dusty then went on to state how he had his ‘own passport’, referring to his birth certificate and the U.S. Constitution, that he said ‘allowed him to travel wherever he wanted without trouble.’
‘I think this will be all behind us in a couple years,’ Dusty predicted. ‘Then they’ll be like, “You don’t need that anymore.”‘
He compared the COVID-19 vaccine’s predicted slip from relevancy to smallpox and yellow fever and even spelled out the word ‘vaccine’ declaring it to be a form of ‘immunity therapy’.
Dusty said that he had managed to survive without a vaccine for the past year and knew of friends who contracted the virus together with two of their children.
In late August, Dusty pleaded for funds to help pay for his wife’s funeral expenses while he was in the ICU himself. Tristan is pictured here
In late August, Dusty pleaded for funds to help pay for his wife’s funeral expenses while he was in the ICU himself.
‘Dusty here from Alabama Pickers,’ the fundraiser read. ‘Tristan passed suddenly in her sleep on Wednesday, due to Covid complications. I’m currently in ICU myself, battling it out, but will be looking at multiple Expenses within the next week: Medical, Funeral, Burial Plot, Expenses, Casket, etc!
‘I would like to have a little left over to help Gabe and Windsor out,’ the post continued. ‘Anything you can find in your heart, will be SO APPRECIATED!! We love you guys!!’
Windsor wrote on Facebook how her father had been placed on a ventilator in recent days and asked for prayers for the family.
‘I want to thank everybody that reached out to check on my brother and I,’ she wrote. ‘For now, it’s just waiting and praying his body relaxes.’
The couple also described other things they had survived including, in Tristan’s case, bone cancer.
COVID is known to be more dangerous to people who’ve previously battled serious health conditions that have compromised their immune systems.
Statistics show that having a COVID vaccine does not prevent all infections from the virus, but dramatically reduces the chances of falling seriously-ill with it, or dying.
News of their deaths was shared on a GoFundMe page that was originally started last month to help pay for Tristan’s funeral bills after she died from the virus
Tristan , in green, is pictured with her daughter, Windsor on her wedding day