Did iconic comedian Gilbert Gottfried die from the COVID-19, according to his wife?!
Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : Gilbert Gottfried Died From COVID-19 Vaccine!
Mere hours after news broke that iconic comedian Gilbert Gottfried passed away, people started claiming that he died from the COVID-19 vaccine.
One blog even claimed that Gottfried’s wife said that he died from “a long illness” caused by the COVID-19 vaccine!
Truth : Gilbert Gottfried Did NOT Die From COVID-19 Vaccine!
It’s becoming a tradition for anti-vaccination activists to immediately blame all celebrity deaths on the COVID-19 vaccine.
So it’s no surprise that they would immediately claim that Gilbert Gottfried died from the COVID-19 vaccine.
Here are the reasons why these claims are FAKE NEWS…
Fact #1 : His Wife Never Said Gottfried Died From Vaccine
Jason Pires of Vancouver Times made up the story that Gottfried’s wife said that he died from “a long illness” caused by the Covid-19 vaccine.
Gottfried’s wife never said his death was caused by the COVID-19 vaccine. This was what the Gottfried family actually announced :
Fact #2 : Gottfried Had Type II Myotonic Dystrophy
Gottfried had Type II myotonic dystrophy, according to his longtime friend and publicist, Glenn Schwartz.
This is a rare genetic disease that is caused by a mutation of the CNBP gene. In other words, he was born with this disease. The COVID-19 vaccine did not give him this disease.
There is no treatment or cure for myotonic dystrophy, and both types have an increased risk for irregular heart rhythms. The COVID-19 vaccine did not introduce this pre-existing risk.
Fact #3 : Gottfried Died From Ventricular Tachycardia
According to his publicist, Gottfried died from recurrent ventricular tachycardia due to myotonic dystrophy type 2.
Ventricular tachycardia or V-tach (also VT) is where the irregular electrical signals in the heart ventricles (lower chambers) causes the heart to beat too fast.
A normal human heart beats about 60 to 100 times a minute at rest, but V-tach often causes the heart to beat faster than 120 beats per minute.
The rapid beating of the heart reduces blood flow, by preventing the chambers from properly filling up. If V-tach is sustained for more than a few seconds, the victim may lose consciousness and even die.
V-tach can also cause sudden cardiac arrest – where the heart stops beating completely.
Fact #4 : Gottfried Had Ventricular Tachycardia For Years
Gottfried had been dealing with ventricular tachycardia for years.
In March 2020 (before the vaccines were developed), NBC Montana reported that he cancelled a show in Butte, because his age and heart condition put him at high risk for COVID-19. So his doctors didn’t want him to fly.
Fact #5 : Singaporean V-Tach Case Was Due To Myocarditis
Anti-vaccination activists have jumped onto a Singaporean case report, which details a man who developed ventricular tachycardia after vaccinating with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
If you read the full case report, you will notice that those antivaxxers “forgot” to tell you that :
- the patient was 26 years old – well within the risk group for post-vaccination myocarditis
- the ventricular tachycardia was due to previously undiagnosed post-vaccination myocarditis
- this was the first known case of post-vaccination myocarditis that presented with ventricular tachycardia
- his symptoms occurred 16 days after his second dose of the Pfizer vaccine
In other words – ventricular tachycardia is not a common presentation of post-vaccination myocarditis.
Also, his undiagnosed myocarditis worsened and he developed ventricular tachycardia about 2 weeks after vaccination. Gottfried had his booster dose at least 5 months prior to his death, if not earlier.
Fact #6 : Post-Vaccination Myocarditis Not A Risk For 50+
There is no evidence that Gottfried developed post-vaccination myocarditis. In fact, the evidence suggests otherwise.
First of all, Gottfried revealed that he was fully-vaccinated and boosted during his November 2021 interview on the Joe Rogan Experience. Post-vaccination myocarditis occurs within days of vaccination, not 5 months later.
Second – Gottfried was 67 years old when he died, and the risk is practically non-existent in his age group.
To help you understand that, I created this table to show you the risk of vaccine-induced myocarditis for different age groups.
Note : Baseline refers to the typical number of myocarditis cases expected in the unvaccinated population.
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Fact #7 : Bob Saget + Louie Anderson Did Not Die From Vaccine
On 21 January 2022, Gilbert Gottfried posted a picture of Bob Saget taking a selfie with him and Louie Anderson, both of whom passed away that month.
People have been sharing that as “evidence” that Gottfried died from the COVID-19 vaccines, just like Saget and Anderson. They are counting on you not to know the truth about how both celebrities died.
The truth is – Bob Saget and Louie Anderson did not die from their COVID-19 vaccination. You can read more in our fact check articles :
- Did Bob Saget die from COVID-19 vaccine booster dose?
- Did Louie Anderson die from COVID-19 vaccine booster dose?
Not only does that disprove their “evidence”, both examples demonstrate the lengths to which anti-vaccination activists are willing to lie, and abuse the memories of dead celebrities, to further their agenda.
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