Missouri Widow Sues NIH and Blames Dr. Fauci for Musician Husband’s 2020 COVID-19 Death

Jimmy Dykes, a popular Kansas City musician and music teacher, died in November 2020 from COVID-19 after spending weeks on a ventilator. Now, his wife Leann Dykes is suing the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Institute of Allergy and Infections Diseases (NIAID), and the nonprofit EcoHealth Alliance (EHA), accusing them of indirectly causing her husband’s death. The suit alleges negligence, wrongful death, and strict liability, and singles out both Fauci, as the head of NIAID and Francis Collins, as the head of the NIH, for responsibility as well.

The complaint starts with the allegation that ahead of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic a lab in Wuhan, China, was conducting “gain-of-function” (GOF) research.

The lawsuit describes GOF research as follows:

Gain of function research is research that involves experimentation and is expected to increase the transmissibility and/or virulence of pathogens. Gain of function research aims to make viruses more infectious and deadlier or more virulent, often to humans. Gain of function experiments are conducted to make viruses more contagious or deadly.

This description doesn’t paint the whole picture. According to 2014 NIH-commissioned white paper, the “ultimate objective of such research is to better inform public health and preparedness efforts and/or development of medical countermeasures.”

“On or about September of 2019, the COVID-19 virus leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology Laboratory in Wuhan, China, which was actively performing research into coronaviruses, including gain of function research,” the complaint says.

The origin of the coronavirus has not been definitively determined. A Republican-issued Senate report concluded that the pandemic was most likely caused by a lab leak, but scientists dispute that conclusion.


Born in Excelsior Springs, Jimmy Dykes lived in Lee’s Summit and was a regular performer at various venues around the Kansas City area, including Knuckleheads Saloon and the Oak Bar at the Intercontinental Hotel. He also taught guitar.

He and his wife declared bankruptcy in April 2020 after a fire destroyed the music store where he gave guitar lessons. Much of his music equipment was also destroyed.

By then, the local concert scene had also shut down due to the coronavirus lockdowns. He was the primary source of income for his family, which included his wife and four children at home, aged 12 to 17, according to the bankruptcy petition.

Jimmy Dykes was diagnosed with COVID-19 that fall. As his condition worsened, he was put into an induced coma and put on a ventilator. He was 65 when he died Nov. 24, 2020, three weeks after entering the hospital.

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