‘It’s not only your life’: Mother of late Alabama super fan ‘Fluffopotamus’ advocates for COVID-19 vaccinations

October 02 2021 06:00 pm

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Nearly five months after Alabama basketball super fan Luke Ratliff died from complications caused by COVID-19, his mother is encouraging people who aren’t vaccinated to get the shot.

“Yes, it’s a shot,” Pamela Ratliff wrote on Twitter Sunday night. “A controversial shot to some, but think of those left behind. It’s not only your life it will save, it could be theirs also because death would be a welcome relief right now. Get the shot. For you and those you love or prepare your parents.”

Pamela Ratliff’s son, better known as “Fluffopotamus” in the Crimson Tide community, died April 2. The North Carolina native was only 23 years old.

In her thread, Ratliff discussed the final hours of her son’s life, how he wanted to get a vaccine and the sadness she felt after he was gone.

Following Luke Ratliff’s death, the University of Alabama’s athletics program started the Luke “Fluffopotamus” Ratliff Memorial Gift Fund.

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