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Maurizio Buratti said he was 'defending the constitution' by ignoring public health advice

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Maurizio Buratti (61) was known to his fans as Mauro from Mantua after his regular phone-ins to a popular radio show

Maurizio Buratti (61) was known to his fans as Mauro from Mantua after his regular phone-ins to a popular radio show

Maurizio Buratti (61) was known to his fans as Mauro from Mantua after his regular phone-ins to a popular radio show

A prominent Italian anti-vaxxer who had boasted of being a “plague spreader” after walking around a supermarket without a mask has died from Covid-19. 

Maurizio Buratti (61), who was known to his fans as Mauro from Mantua after his regular phone-ins to a popular radio show, said he was “defending the constitution” by ignoring public health advice, even though he felt ill and had a temperature of 38 degrees, just days before he was hospitalised.

Buratti, who worked as a mechanic, had been in intensive care for 22 days before his death on Monday when he was no longer responding to treatment.

The conspiracy theorist was a regular caller to the La Zanzara radio station for ten years, initially railing against big Pharma and the “Jewish lobby”.

He eventually lost his job as a mechanic but continued his rants on Covid and was given a regular slot on the radio to share his wild theories.

He was often seen at anti-Covid and ant-Green Pass protests in Italy, and remained anti-vaxx until the end as he repeatedly denied the existence of Covid.

After his boasted about his illness on radio he still refused to go to his local hospital even though the show's presenters and his fans urged him to go.

He said he would not go to hospital in his native Mantua because “there are Communists there, I don't trust them”, and instead went to Verona.

In one of his final radio phone-ins, Buratti said he would be leaving Italy and seeking asylum in Korea or Turkey to avoid being forced to get the vaccine.

One of the show's presenters Davide Parenzo said: “Rest in peace wherever you are, old conspiracy theorist.

“I only hope your sad story serves as an example to all those who are still fuelling doubts about the efficacy of vaccines.”

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