When the news that right-wing, homophobic radio host Bob Enyart had died began to circulate, author and LGBTQ+ activist Dan Savage reminded his followers why Enyart's death comes as a relief to many gay men.
Enyart died on September 13 of complications related to Covid-19. He'd refused to get vaccinated and often railed against mask mandates to curb the virus.
Since Enyart died, Fred Williams, his co-host on "Real Science Radio," has memorialized him as someone who was "exceedingly kind and humble, and always, always willing to listen and discuss anything you wanted."
But that's not how Dan Savage remembers Enyart.
In the 1990s, as the host of Bob Enyart Live, Enyart became notorious for reading out the names of people who'd died of AIDs-related illnesses to the tune of Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust."
Queen's lead singer, Freddie Mercury, died in 1991 of AIDS-related complications.
Savage says that upon learning of Enyart's death, he cried as he recalled the many friends he lost to the AIDS epidemic.
"Honestly. I teared up when I heard this guy was dead. My friends who died of AIDS were mocked and condemned by this a****** and others like him."
"Each and every one of my dead friends would've been first in line to get vaccinated against HIV to protect themselves and others."
Savage went on to say Enyart's pushback against efforts to curb the virus, ultimately "encouraged others to put themselves at risk."
He added he is "glad" Enyart is dead and hopes the way Enyart went out gave him time to pause and reflect on the consequences of his actions.
"I'm sorry, but I'm glad he's dead. And I'm glad he died the way he did."
"I hope he didn't suffer — really — but I hope he finally was able to see himself for what he was and had some time to think about what he did and felt some degree of remorse."
Many concurred with Savage's assessment. Another one bites the dust, indeed.
Enyart, who was also a pastor of Denver Bible Church, was well known for his anti-science stances in recent months.
He filed a lawsuit last year seeking to exempt Denver churchgoers from Covid-19 restrictions.
He and his wife, Cheryl, had refused to take any of the available vaccines, claiming they'd been created using aborted fetuses.
They do not.
Last month, he encouraged his listeners to "boycott" the vaccines "to further increase social tension and put pressure on the child killers."
Cheryl Enyart has also tested positive for Covid-19. She is still ill.