- Czech folk singer Hana Horká died after deliberately capturing COVID-19 from her family, her son said.
- She wanted to get a health pass so she could visit social and dining places without being vaccinated.
- Her son blames anti-wax groups for his mother’s confidence in natural immunity and subsequent death.
A folk singer from the Czech Republic has died after deliberately contracting COVID-19 so she could get a health pass to gain access to sports, entertainment and dining options.
Hana Horká, 57, a vocalist for the folk band Asonance, was unvaccinated and died on Sunday, her son Jan Rek told the Czech radio news broadcast iRozhlas.cz.
He said his mother deliberately caught coronavirus from him and his father, who both received COVID at Christmas but had previously received their vaccines. Horká chose not to isolate himself from his family, but to "live normally" together, Rek said.
"She decided she would rather have the disease than be vaccinated," Rek said.
Horká's goal was to get a recovery card, a proof of recent infection that allows unvaccinated people to visit places like bars, pubs, restaurants, cinemas and sports facilities.
Two days before her death, she wrote on Facebook that she was recovering from COVID-19 and planned to attend a concert, go to the theater, visit a sauna and have a swim.
Rek said his mother would go for a morning walk, but she felt uncomfortable and rested in bed. Her health declined rapidly, he said, and she died shortly after.
When asked by iRozhlas.cz if her death was directly caused by COVID-19, he said, "It does not look like anything else."
He blamed anti-wax groups for his mother's death, saying she had been "one hundred percent" influenced by celebrities and groups on the Internet who spread misinformation about vaccines and coronavirus.
According to iRozhlas.cz, Rec posted an angry comment on social media sarcastically thanked these groups and said they had "blood on their hands" for Horká's death.
"Unfortunately, she trusted strangers more than her own family," he told the radio station.
Still, Rek said his mother did not believe in some of the wilder theories about the vaccines. "Her philosophy was that she was more okay with the idea of catching COVID than being vaccinated. Not that we would be microchipped or anything like that," he told the BBC.
The band's website for Asonance, one of the Czech Republic's oldest folk music groups, has been updated with a tribute to Horká. It says the beginning of 2022 "will be shrouded in black forever."
Rek and Asonance did not immediately respond to Insider's requests for comment.
The Czech Republic is facing a new rise in COVID-19 cases as the country on Tuesday reported its highest daily number ever with 28,469 new infections.
About 62.9% of its 10.7 million population has been fully vaccinated. On Wednesday, the Czech government abandoned its plans to make vaccines mandatory after thousands gathered in the capital of Prague to protest the decision.