Prominent West Lothian businessman and anti-vaxxer dies after month-long covid battle
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Alan Steel, 74, died last Wednesday after being hospitalized with the virus. The finance guru had been put on a ventilator hours before and told his friends to “keep their fingers crossed.”
Mr. Steel, who started Alan Steel Asset Management in his hometown of Linlithgow in West Lothian in 1975, was highly respected as a ‘crusader’ in the industry, while his company managed over £ 1 billion. sterling of client assets.
He has regularly posted anti-vaccine opinions on Twitter throughout the pandemic and has said he is also against masks and blockages.
The Covid-19 skeptic blasted Boris Johnson’s wife Carrie for urging pregnant women to receive the jab. Sharing an article on Ms Johnson’s advice, he wrote: “FFS”.
He shared misinformation, including a report on vaccine deaths by a conspiracy theorist website, as well as allegedly telling friends to listen to videos that “it’s not a pandemic of unvaccinated “.
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In a personal message last month, he posted: “You may be wondering why I have been so silent. For almost two weeks, I fought a losing battle against Covid.
“I have been on oxygen in the hospital ever since. Transition to intensive care today. It’s a nasty disease. I cross my fingers to get out.
It is understood that Mr. Steel initially responded well to the treatment, but his condition subsequently deteriorated.
Steve Forbes, Managing Director of Alan Steel Asset Management, said: “He was a unique man and a genius, there is no doubt about it, but he was also a great visionary.
“He is now with his beloved and wise Grannie McKay and will have a new audience for his multitude of jokes and stories. I also know that the hole that exists in our lives right now following his passing will be filled with happy memories over time.
In a personal tribute, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Prestridge described Mr. Steel as “a colossus: charming, charismatic and arrogant.”
Writing in a diary, he said: “His stubbornness was a strength, but so was his Achilles heel. Much more tragically, he was a staunch anti-vaccine supporter and it was Covid that ended up taking his life. I will miss him. And the endless bottles of Rioja we happily shared. “