Did comedian and actor Louie Anderson die from his COVID-19 vaccine booster dose?
Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : Louie Anderson Died From COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Dose!
Antivaxxers are suggesting that comedian and actor Louie Anderson died from heart complications brought on by his COVID-19 vaccine booster dose!
Louie Anderson was a passenger on my cousin’s flight 2 days ago.. He was flying to appear on Conan.. He was an extremely friendly man and spoke with her most of the flight…
They talked about his cancer and shared with her how he’s been in remission 5 years now.. half way through the flight he started complaining about his heart.. he was swearing and pale and the staff became very worried.. he received medical treatment shortly after he landed..
He also spoke about the vaccine and how Mr. Anderson received his 3 vaccine a few weeks ago.
To make that claim more credible, they often include a link to an article about Louie Anderson’s death.
Truth : Louie Anderson Died From Cancer, Not Booster Dose!
This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created by antivaxxers to scare people from protecting themselves with the COVID-19 vaccines.
Fact #1 : No Evidence Louie Anderson Died From COVID-19 Vaccine
While antivaxxers are suggesting that Louie Anderson died from the COVID-19 vaccine, they offer absolutely NO EVIDENCE for their claim.
The articles they shared as “evidence” do not mention that Louie died from the booster dose. They only added those article links to mislead you into thinking that they are evidence that he died from the booster dose.
After all, most people don’t bother to click on the links to actually read the articles. That’s the same reason some people believe that Meat Loaf, Bob Saget and Betty White died from their COVID-19 booster shots…
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Fact #2 : Louie Anderson Died From Cancer Complications
The truth is – Louie Anderson died from complications related to his cancer on Friday, 21 January 2022.
This was confirmed by his longtime publicist, Glenn Schwartz, who told reporters that Anderson died died to complications of diffuse large B cell lymphoma.
He did not die from COVID-19, or the COVID-19 vaccine booster dose.
Fact #3 : His Publicist Refuted The Claim
When Politifact asked his publicist, Glenn Schwartz, about this claim, he replied – “Not true“.
Fact #4 : Louie Anderson Was Hospitalised For 4 Days
Louie Anderson was hospitalised in Las Vegas from 18 January until he died on 21 January 2022.
So the story most definitely lied about Louie Anderson flying to tape a show with Conan two days ago.
Hours before he died, fellow comedian Pauly Shore visited him to say his goodbyes :
Attention comedians and @TheComedyStore alumni’s I say this with a heavy heart just left the hospital in Las Vegas where Louie Anderson his sisters and close friend were kind enough to let me say my goodbyes he’s still with us but keep him in your prayers
— Pauly Shore (@PaulyShore) January 20, 2022
Fact #5 : Conan Ended In June 2021!
Conan O’Brien ended his eponymous late night show on 24 June 2021, after 28 years on the air.
The US FDA only authorised the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 booster dose for immunocompromised people like Louie Anderson on 12 August 2021.
Therefore, it was not possible for Anderson to receive a booster dose a few weeks before flying to tape the Conan show.
Fact #6 : Anderson Last Appeared On Conan In March 2021
Louie Anderson last appeared on Conan on 16 March 2021, but that was a remote appearance from Henderson, Nevada.
That was more than 6 months before the US FDA authorised the first booster dose on 22 September 2021.
So Anderson could not possibly have received a booster dose before doing a remote show on Conan.
In fact, in that show, he told Conan that he just received his second shot of the COVID-19 vaccine, joking about it.
Conan : You got vaccinated?
Anderson : I just got my second shot and, God, just right after I got it, maybe an hour, I started getting nauseated, I was feeling sick, I called the doctor going, ‘Can it happen that fast?’ and then I went, ‘Oh, wait — I did stop and get White Castle on the way home.’
Fact #7 : Anderson Had A Heart Problem
In addition to battling diffuse large B cell lymphoma, Louie Anderson also had an unspecified heart problem.
In 2003, he was hospitalised and underwent two procedures to correct that heart problem – allegedly a double-bypass surgery.
Therefore, it would ridiculous to pin any heart problems on the COVID-19 vaccine.
Fact #8 : COVID-19 Booster Dose Proven Safe + Effective
The COVID-19 booster dose is nothing more than a third dose of existing COVID-19 vaccines – all of which have undergone not only massive clinical trials, but also post-approval monitoring.
They have been proven to be safe and effective time and time again, and the booster dose is no different.
It is unknown if Anderson actually received a booster dose, but he had already had two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine without any adverse effect.
Therefore, it is highly unlikely that he would suddenly suffer an adverse effect from a booster dose.
This is yet another example of fake news by antivaxxers, to mislead you on the safety of the COVID-19 vaccines.
Did they apologise? Correct themselves? Nope. They just moved on to the next celebrity death.
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