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Texas anti-mask ‘freedom defender’ aged 30 dies of COVID-19

New York: A Texas man who led a group of “Freedom Defenders” against mask restrictions died of COVID-19 at age 30.

Caleb Wallace left behind three children and a pregnant wife.

Texas anti-mask activist Caleb Wallace has died from COVID-19 at the age of 30, leaving behind three children and a pregnant wife.

Texas anti-mask activist Caleb Wallace has died from COVID-19 at the age of 30, leaving behind three children and a pregnant wife. Credit:Facebook

His wife, Jessica, announced her husband’s death on a GoFundMe page on Saturday, US time, that had detailed his fight with COVID-19 the past few weeks.

“Caleb has peacefully passed on. He will forever live in our hearts and minds,” she wrote.

Wallace had been unconscious since August 8, The San Angelo Standard-Times reported.

Wallace helped organise “The Freedom Rally” on July 4, 2020 — a gathering described in a flier as a peaceful protest by people “sick of the government being in control of our lives,” the Standard-Times reported.

He also founded “The San Angelo Freedom Defenders,” a group “to educate and empower citizens to make informed choices concerning local, statewide, and national policy and to encourage them to actively participate in their duty to secure God-given and constitutionally protected rights,” the group’s Facebook page stated.

Jessica Wallace said her husband got sick in late July, but “was so hard-headed”.

“He didn’t want to see a doctor, because he didn’t want to be part of the statistics with COVID tests,” she said.

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