Two relatives of a man who said the coronavirus pandemic is "an overblown media hoax" died after he invited them to his house party.
Donald Trump supporter Tony Green also labelled Covid-19 as a "scamdemic" before he and his family members were struck down by the illness.
Mr Green, 43, invited his parents and his partner's parents round on June 13 to his home in Dallas, Texas but just days later he and the five others that attended all caught coronavirus, along with eight others in the family.
Green himself barely survived the virus after spending three days in hospital fighting it but eventually made a full recovery, News.com.au reports.
Tragically though, his father-in-law and his father-in-law's mother both died from the disease.
"I have no idea which one of us brought the virus into the house," Green told The Washington Post. "But all six of us left with it. It kept spreading from there.
"It spread from one family member to the next, and it was like each person caught a different strain."
Green said he became so ill with Covid-19, doctors told him he was "minutes from having a massive stroke."
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He was later joined in hospital by Rafael Ceja, his father-in-law, and his partner's grandmother, who died on July 1 after suffering pneumonia as a result of catching coronavirus.
Speaking about Rafael, Green said: "They put him on a ventilator, and he lay there on life support for six or seven weeks. There was never any goodbye. He was just gone.
"It's like the world swallowed him up. We could only have 10 people at the funeral, and I didn't make that list."
Green said five more family members caught the virus at his partner's grandmother's funeral.
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"I know what it's like to be humiliated by this virus," he said. "I used to call it the 'scamdemic.'
"I thought it was an overblown media hoax. I made fun of people for wearing masks."
But Green now claims some responsibility after his personal tragedy.
He told CNN : "The feeling that I have is kind of like what, I would say, a drunk driver would have if they killed their family.
"It was unintentional. This was my home. This is where it happened. So, you know there is a sense of responsibility."
"How many people would have gotten sick if I'd never hosted that weekend? One? Maybe two? The grief comes in waves, but that guilt just sits."
Green is now warning others of the dangers of hosting parties or family gatherings.
"Take a little bit of extra precaution," he said, recommending events be held outside if possible or in spacious place.
"But if you're nervous about it, I don't say to don't be afraid of it, I think that you've got a reason to be afraid of it. I think maybe you should bow out this year."
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