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Member of church defying closure orders has died of COVID-19

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Posted at 6:58 PM, Apr 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-16 19:59:07-04

A 78-year-old man who attended a Central church that has bucked state stay-at-home restrictions has died from the illness tied to the novel coronavirus, our media partners at The Advocate report.

The East Baton Rouge Parish coroner said Harold Orillion, a parish resident, died from the COVID-19 respiratory illness on Wednesday. Three sources told The Advocate that Orillion had ties to the Life Tabernacle Church. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss a link between the man and the church, the newspaper reports.

WAFB reached Pastor Tony Spell, who said Orillion's death was not related to the virus, and said the Coroner's report was "a lie."

He described Orillion as a "right hand man" of his in the church. To read that story, click here.
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