Anti-vaxxer sheriff's deputy dies from COVID-19 complications shortly after mocking the vaccine on Facebook

Daniel 'Duke' Trujillo shared anti-vaccination memes
Daniel 'Duke' Trujillo, 33, died on Wednesday. He had shared anti-vaccination posts on social media in the weeks prior to his death. Denver Sheriff Department
  • Daniel 'Duke' Trujillo, 33, died on Wednesday from COVID-19 complications.

  • The Denver Sheriff's deputy had shared a string of anti-vax posts just weeks before his death, MailOnline reported.

  • "I have an immune system," read one of his Facebook posts.

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A Colorado sheriff's deputy died from COVID-19 complications shortly after sharing a string of anti-vaccination posts on his social media, according to MailOnline.

Daniel 'Duke' Trujillo, 33, died on Wednesday with his family by his side, Denver's Sheriff Department said on Twitter.

Three weeks before his death, Trujillo had updated his Facebook profile picture to include a border that read, "I have an immune system," the MailOnline said.

"I don't care if you've had your vaccine," read another profile picture border included on a now-deleted Facebook post from April, the paper reported.

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The sheriff's deputy had also captioned a TikTok post, which he shared on his Facebook profile, with a vaccine-hesitant message."I'll get it later on after y'all start growing apendages [sic] out of y'alls foreheads," he wrote.

Trujillo shared an Instagram post in July 2020 that suggested he refused to wear masks, according to a screenshot shared by MailOnline. "Before you shame me in public for not having a mask, ask yourself one simple question," the post said. "Will this mask stop an uppercut?"

Denver Sheriff Elisa Diggins announced that Trujillo's passing would be considered a "line of duty" death on Thursday evening, The Denver Channel reported.

Trujillo is the second Denver Sheriff Department deputy to die of COVID-19 complications this month, the local media outlet said. Deputy James Herrera also died from the coronavirus on May 16.

Both had been eligible for a vaccine since January, Denver Sheriff Department spokeswoman Daria Serna told

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