Richard Rose in April posted on Facebook that he would not wear a mask. He passed away due to COVID-19 three months later.
- Rose's death has attracted attention online due to his Facebook posts, in which he expressed doubt about coronavirus safety directives.
- "Let make this clear. I'm not buying a f---ing mask. I've made it this far by not buying into that damn hype," he posted on April 28.
- Throughout June, Rose "checked in" on Facebook at bars and restaurants in Ohio. On July 1, he wrote that he was experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
- Rose's family told a local outlet he tested positive for COVID-19 that same day and died on July 3.