Did Little Joe die from cardiac arrest after COVID-19 vaccination?!

Did Little Joe die from cardiac arrest after COVID-19 vaccination?! Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!


Claim : Little Joe Died From Cardiac Arrest After COVID-19 Vaccination!

People are sharing an article (archive) by The People’s Voice (formerly NewsPunch), which claimed or suggested that Japan is going to ban mRNA vaccines because they cause turbo cancer!

Here is an excerpt of the (intentionally?) confusing article. Feel free to skip to the next section for the facts!

‘Little Joe,’ St. Louis Zoo Gorilla, Dies From Cardiac Arrest Following ‘Experimental’ Covid Vaccine

“Little Joe,” the beloved western lowland gorilla who called the St. Louis zoo home for years, has passed away after suffering a heart attack, according to the zoo.

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Truth : Little Joe Did Not Die From Cardiac Arrest After COVID-19 Vaccination!

This is yet another example of fake news created / promoted by The People’s Voice, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Little Joe Died From A Heart Attack

The People’s Voice article claimed in its title that Little Joe – the popular lowland gorilla at the St. Louis zoo, died from a cardiac arrest. That’s not true.

The St. Louis Zoo announced in its Instagram post on 5 May 2024, that Little Joe passed away of a heart attack on May 4th.

In fact, The People’s Voice article itself acknowledged that Little Joe died of a heart attack, not cardiac arrest. So why would it claim in the title that Little Joe died from a cardiac arrest???

Fact #2 : Heart Attack Is Not Cardiac Arrest

Just in case The People’s Voice is not aware, I think it is important to establish that a heart attack (myocardial infarction) is not the same thing as a cardiac arrest.

A cardiac arrest is an electrical problem that causes the heart to stop beating completely, causing the person to collapse and lose consciousness, as we have seen with many young athletes like Christian Eriksen and Paul Duncan, as well as children like Jackson Mohr.

A heart attack is a circulation problem where blood supply to the heart is interrupted, typically by a blood clot. The person will often experience chest pain, shortness of breath, and even feel light-headed or nauseous.

It is also important to note that people who suffer a heart attack can develop an abnormal heart rhythm that leads to a cardiac arrest.

Read more : Young Athletes At High Risk Of Sudden Cardiac Arrest!

Fact #3 : Little Joe Had Heart Disease

I should point out that Little Joe was under treatment for heart disease when he died. So this wasn’t a sudden or unexpected death. Despite the insinuation that Little Joe’s heart attack was caused by COVID-19 vaccines, that’s not true.

COVID-19 vaccines do not cause heart attacks. People and gorillas have been dying from heart attacks long before COVID-19 vaccines were invented.

Fact #4 : Gorillas Commonly Die Of Heart Disease

While gorillas can and do live to 40 years or so, heart disease is probably the most common cause of death in gorillas, according to Luis Padilla, the Director of Animal Health at the St. Louis Zoo.

In fact, another male gorilla – 27 year-old Juma, was being treated for heart disease – heart failure for four years, before dying in 2015.

Needless to say, Juma’s early death from heart disease has nothing to do with the COVID-19 vaccines since they were invented 5 years later!

Fact #5 : Little Joe Was Likely Vaccinated 2.5 Years Ago

Little Joe was likely vaccinated against COVID-19 in the last few months of 2021, using the two-dose Zoetis vaccine for COVID-19. I should point out that this Zoetis vaccine is not used in humans.

The Zoetis COVID-19 vaccine is formulated specifically for animal species, using the same spike protein antigen, but with different carriers and adjuvants, depending on the species. Any side effects Little Joe may have suffered from the Zoetis vaccine would be unrelated to COVID-19 vaccines used in humans.

On top of that, any side effect Little Joe suffered would have appeared within days or weeks, not more than 2 years later. After all, the spike proteins produced by the COVID-19 vaccines do not stick around for months. If they did – we would have lifelong immunity, which is obviously not the case.

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Fact #6 : The People’s Voice Is Known For Fake News

The People’s Voice is the current name for NewsPunch, which possibly changed its name because its brand has been so thoroughly discredited after posting numerous shocking but fake stories.

Founded as Your News Wire in 2014, it was rebranded as NewsPunch in November 2018, before becoming The People’s Voice. A 2017 BuzzFeed report identified NewsPunch as the second-largest source of popular fake news on Facebook that year.

Its articles have been regularly debunked as fake news, so you should never share anything from NewsPunch / The People’s Voice.  Here are some of its fake stories that I fact checked earlier:

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