Javelle Frank, an announcer at the state-owned NBC Radio, died on Sunday, whilst undergoing treatment for COVID-19.
NBC Radio announced the death in a post on its Facebook page, saying:
“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mid-morning announcer and a cherished member of our team Ms Javelle Frank. The board of directors, management and staff of NBC Radio extend sincere condolences to the family and friends of Ms Frank.”
Sources in the know told iWitness News that Frank, a gospel artiste and former calypsonian, was unvaccinated against the viral illness, which has claimed 28 lives in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, as of Saturday, Oct. 2.
iWitness News was further reliably informed that Frank was hospitalised as a consequence of her COVID-19 infection.
Frank is a former executive member of the Public Service Union, having served as public relations officer.
She was host of the “Joyful Praise” weekday mid-morning show on NBC Radio, which formed part of her on-air shift on the radio station.
As part of her Christian ministry, Frank used social media platforms, including Facebook and WhatsApp, to share her daily “Arise, Shine Devotion” and inspirational messages with her followers.
She spoke of her health challenges in an audio devotion shared with her followers via WhatsApp last Monday, Sept. 27.
In the audio recording, Frank said:
“I was unable to send it over the course of the week due to my weak state. My recovery is ongoing, all to the glory of God. And I thank God for my helpers; I thank God for those who stood in the gap for me through prayer and I thank God for those who said a word of encouragement, those who have called and for those who have been thinking about me and want to see me get back to good health. God is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above all I, Javelle Frank, can ever ask or think or imagine, according to the power that worketh in me and thank God, the power that worketh within me is his word… And he can find his word in me.”
In a WhatsApp message the following day, Tuesday, Sept. 28, Frank told her audience:
“There will be no Arise Morning Devotion until further notice. I apologise for any inconveniences this may cause. I covet your prayers at this time. God bless you.”
Frank is the second media personality to die in St. Vincent and the Grenadines in just over a year. Her death follows that of Jerry S. George who died of a heart attack while hosting his show on Aug. 4, 2020.