Gardner gained notoriety from claiming that the virus was no worse than the common cold or a mild flu. Several of his Facebook posts and YouTube videos were taken down for containing misinformation, as well as others about the "stolen" US election and the Illuminati.
Gardner's house parties in late March may have caused his own death, as more than a dozen people contracted the virus, though it's unclear if he contracted it then or was already infected. At least one other person has since died also.
Source: Daily Dot
A prominent Norwegian conspiracy theorist, who touted conspiracies about the coronavirus online, has died of the virus, according to multiple reports.
Hans Kristian Gaarder, 60, died on April 6, according to Insider. He was reportedly not tested for the coronavirus and hid his symptoms for several weeks before dying.
It was confirmed only after Gaarder’s death that he had the coronavirus, according to Metro.
Gaarder allegedly threw two illegal house parties—one on March 26 and another on March 27. It is said that more than a dozen people who attended the gatherings have since tested positive for the coronavirus.
According to Insider, Gaarder spread conspiracies related to the virus on his various social media accounts, believing it was “something that will be like a cold or light flu” and that it didn’t spread through person-to-person contact.
He also reportedly spread conspiracies related to the 2020 U.S. election and would post about the Illuminati.
He was dead keen to tell people that COVID was a hoax. Now he's just dead from COVID. And that's the truth.https://t.co/3IJ15Xkz7S
— Pitt Griffin (@pittgriffin) April 19, 2021