The 'Saturday Night Live' star on Monday shared the news in a lengthy statement posted on Instagram.
Michael Che on Monday took to Instagram to share that his grandmother died due to complications from the novel coronavirus.
"Hi. I'm Michael Che, from TV. Last night my grandmother passed away from the coronavirus," the Saturday Night Live star wrote. "I'm doing OK, considering. I'm obviously very hurt and angry that she had to go through all that pain alone."
He continued, "But I'm also happy that she's not in pain anymore. And I also feel guilty for feeling happy. Basically the whole gamut of complex feelings everybody else has losing someone very close and special. I'm not unique. But it's still scary. I don't know if I'll lose someone else to this virus. I don't know if I'll be lost to this virus. Who fucking knows?"
Che then said that he "shouldn't curse," but added: "I'm just frustrated because there's so much we still don't know about it, and I don't think we are getting the whole truth."
He then referenced multiple unfounded conspiracy theories about the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic: "I actually believe this is 5G poisoning, and not because I've done any research on this, or even understand what 5G really is. I just refuse to believe I lost my sweet, beautiful grandma because some n---a ate a bat one time. I'm sorry."
Che later concluded his lengthy post by writing, "I bet somebody tried to warn him, like, 'That bat smells a little funny. And his dumbass was probably like, 'Ehhhhh, what's the worst that could happen?' Whatever. I'm just mad."
As of Monday, more than 350,000 cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in the U.S., with over 10,000 of those resulting in death.
Police in Crowley, Louisiana have issued an apology for using the siren heard in “The Purge” to signal the 9pm local time curfew that has been put into effect in the city because of the coronavirus outbreak via NME. The curfew prohibits citizens from leaving their homes between the local hours of 9pm and 6am. The police department said the curfew went into place because the city is located in the state’s Acadia Parish, which has “received the worst rating for the rapid spread of the virus. It has been put into place in order to try and slow the spread.” Police are giving citations to people who violate the curfew. People traveling to or from work must have documentation from their employer.
An alarm used by police at the beginning of the month was the same alarm heard in “The Purge,” James DeMonaco’s 2013 horror thriller about a fictional America where for one night it becomes legal to commit any crimes, including murder, for a 12-hour period. The alarm in “The Purge” is heard to signal that the killing and crime sprees can begin. The first “Purge” film starred Ethan Hawke and launched a franchise that includes three follow-up movies and a series on USA Network.
Crowley Police chief Jimmy Broussard said in a statement to the local ABC news affiliate KATC that he was unaware the signal being used for the coronavirus curfew was the same signal heard in “The Purge.” The chief assured citizens that the “Purge” siren would not be used again. The siren caused enough of a stir that an additional statement was released by Acadia Parish sheriff K.P. Gibson.
“Last night a ‘Purge Siren’ was utilized by the Crowley Police Department as part of their starting curfew,” the statement said. “We have received numerous complaints with the belief that our agency was involved in this process. We were not involved in the use of the ‘Purge Siren’ and will not utilize any type of siren for this purpose. Calls regarding this matter should be directed to the Crowley Police and Chief Broussard and not the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office.”
Universal Pictures is scheduled to release the next “Purge” movie in theaters this summer, but the film is likely to be delayed because of the coronavirus. The studio was not involved in the Crowley police department’s use of “The Purge” siren.