B.C. COVID-19 denier publicly states he is ill, dies days later

Mak Parhar told his social media followers that he was sick with a sore throat and body chills. However he denied that he had the COVID-19 virus.

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A B.C. conspiracy theorist who made headlines early on in the pandemic for claims that hot yoga could destroy the COVID-19 virus has died, just days after saying he was ill on social media.

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Mak Parhar, 48, who also claimed the earth is flat, died in New Westminster on Thursday, according to a multiple media reports. The B.C. Coroners Service is investigating but has not determined a cause of death.

Condolences poured in on social media from Parhar’s supporters on Friday with some noting that he leaves behind a wife and daughter.

In a now deleted Oct. 22 post on Twitch , Parhar told his followers that he was suffering from fatigue, a cough and body chills but that it was not “CON-VID.”

A day before he died, he posted a video on Facebook in which he talks about various topics and can be seen coughing. He said he has been sick for three weeks and again denied that it was “CON-VID.”

Parhar also said he took Ivermectin, a controversial horse deworming drug that Canadian authorities have warned against using to treat COVID-19. 

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“I did take that and I felt about 40 or 50 per cent better,” he said in the Facebook video. He added that he was feeling ill and had felt better the day before.

This is a screen shot from Mak Parhar’s Facebook video he posted a day before he died.
This is a screen shot from Mak Parhar’s Facebook video he posted a day before he died.

Last year, Parhar was charged with violating the Quarantine Act after returning from an out-of-country flat earth conference called Flatoberfest 2020 — a one-day gathering of self-described “alternative cosmology enthusiasts.”

He later bragged about his refusal to self-isolate during a rally in downtown Vancouver.

New Westminster police said that after receiving a violation ticket, Parhar continued to leave his residence. He attended Vancouver-area protests against COVID-19 restrictions and repeatedly called the coronavirus a hoax.

In March, the City of Delta revoked the business licence of his hot yoga studio, Bikram Yoga Delta, after Parhar flouted the B.C. ban on gatherings and made false claims about heat destroying the coronavirus.

A Delta bylaw officer visited the business and discovered a class in progress.

Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, later said going to a hot yoga studio is one of the worst things to do, noting that a place where people are sweating next to each other is the “perfect environment” to spread the virus.

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