An Alabama couple known on YouTube for reselling vintage items and their staunch anti-vaccine stance have both died from COVID-19, relatives said.
Dusty and Tristan Graham, better known as the “Alabama Pickers,” died from the virus less than a month apart. The pair from Huntsville ran a since-deleted YouTube channel sharing tips on how to resell vintage items, antiques and collectibles, AL.com reported.
Dusty died Thursday, more than three weeks after his wife “passed suddenly in her sleep” due to coronavirus complications on Aug. 25, according to an online fundraiser set up by their children.
“Unfortunately Dusty and Tristan have both passed away,” wrote the couple’s daughter, Windsor Graham. “Thank you for all the kind words and helping us during this difficult time.”
Anti-vaxxers Tristan (left) and Dusty Graham died of COVID-19 weeks apart.YouTube
Weeks earlier, Dusty announced his wife’s death — and also revealed he was in an ICU bed “battling it out” against the virus himself.
One of the last videos posted by the couple on their deleted channel was reposted elsewhere on the video-sharing site, AL.com reported. In the 90-minute clip, showing the couple as they drove, Dusty made his anti-vaccine stance abundantly clear while discussing local mask mandates.
“Still haven’t gotten the you know what,” Dusty said on the clip before mimicking a syringe jab. “Still not planning on getting it.”
Rebuking proof of COVID vaccination cards, Dusty Graham said his “own passport” was his birth certificate and the Constitution.YouTube
“But if you want to, bully for you,” Tristan said, agreeing with her husband’s take.
Dusty said he had his “own passport” while referring to his birth certificate and the Constitution, which he claimed allowed him to travel wherever he wanted without trouble.
“I think this will be all behind us in a couple years,” Dusty continued. “Then they’ll be like ‘You don’t need that anymore.’”
Tristan Graham died from COVID-19 three weeks before her husband, Dusty.Gofundme
Dusty added that he had survived without a vaccine for a year and knew friends who contracted the virus. Two of their children did as well, according to the couple, who had more than 1,200 followers on eBay, where they sold their vintage finds.
Tristan, meanwhile, said on the clip she had survived bone cancer.
“We will dig through garages, estates, and closets,” the husband-and-wife team’s bio read. “All to bring the BEST antiques, collectibles, and unusual Items to market.”