Former Mr Universe Doug Brignole died from COVID-19, and not the vaccine!
Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!
Updated @ 2022-10-28 : Added Doug Brignole’s official cause of death, and additional details
Originally posted @ 2022-10-18
Claim : Doug Brignole Died From Vaccine Sudden Death!
Right after news broke that Doug Brignole died at 62 years of age, anti-vaccination activists immediately claimed that the former Mr Universe and Mr America bodybuilder died from vaccine-induced sudden death (SADS / VIDS)!
Here is a selection of social media posts accompanying links or articles on his death:
Doug Brignole said “If I die, you are right” because he was super fit and healthy and he knew that the only way he would die would be if the vaccine was poison. And he died. Therefore the people saying the vaccine is poison were fucking right.
Doug Brignole (1960 – 2022) R.I.P: According to Doug, those who have been saying the “vaccines are safe and effective” should now admit that they were misled, tell the world who misled you, so that other people can benefit by ignoring those fear mongers.
Steve Kirsch : The clear conclusion: the vaccines are unsafe. I was right.
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Truth : No Evidence Doug Brignole Died From Vaccine Sudden Death!
It’s now a tradition for anti-vaccination activists to immediately blame all celebrity deaths or illnesses on the COVID-19 vaccine.
This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created and propagated by anti-vaccination activists, and here are the reasons why, and what we know so far…
Fact #1 : Doug Brignole Died From COVID-19!
Doug Brignole (born Douglas Brignole on December 15, 1959) passed away on Thursday, October 13, 2022 – at 62 years of age, just two months shy of his 63rd birthday.
The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner conducted an autopsy of Doug Brignole’s body to determine his cause of death as Case number 2022-10791.
Doug Brignole’s cause of death was just announced as COVID-19, complicated by Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease.
So there you have it – confirmation that Doug Brignole did NOT die from COVID-19 vaccine complications or side effects.
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Fact #2 : Doug Brignole Was Fully Vaccinated
As a fitness and bodybuilding guru, Doug Brignole was very particular about his health. He read up on the COVID-19 vaccines, and was firmly behind the science.
In fact, he posted in April 5, 2021, that he just received his COVID-19 vaccine and that everyone should use him as a “test”, to see if the vaccine was safe or dangerous.
I’m vaccinated ! Well, the first of two. Let’s get this done so we can get back to traveling, going to concerts, and having fun.
My vaccine was yesterday, and I had no problem with it. My deltoid was a bit sore, but otherwise fine. We’re all in this together, so let’s do our share to beat it.
I have enough confidence in the vaccine, based on my research, to get it done. Those of you who think the vaccine kills people can use me as a test.
If I die, you were right. If I don’t die, and have no ill effects, you were wrong, and should admit it (at least to yourselves).
Better yet, you should admit to the world who misled you, so other people can benefit by avoiding those fear mongers.
Doug Brignole did not suffer any significant side effects, or die from his COVID-19 vaccination that he took in April 2021.
The very fact that he was fit and getting ready for a special Mr Universe appearance proves that the vaccine had no deleterious effect on his fitness or health.
Fact #3 : No Evidence Doug Brignole Received Bivalent Booster Dose
Anti-vaccination proponent Steve Kirsch, who is ironically fully-vaccinated, claim that someone who knew Doug Brignole told him that he received the latest (bivalent) booster dose less than a week before he died.
While that is possible, there is currently ZERO EVIDENCE that Doug Brignole received the bivalent booster dose just a few days before he died. Even Kirsch himself admitted that Brignole’s girlfriend refused to talk to him about this.
As we have seen, Doug Brignole is not shy about telling people when he got vaccinated, and would have no qualms sharing that he received the latest bivalent booster dose.
So it is peculiar that he did not post about getting the bivalent booster dose, at all. Unless Steve Kirsch can actually provide any actual evidence, we will have to chalk this up to the same old Kirsch-style boastful but baseless claims.
Fact #4 : COVID-19 Is Not A Force Field
Inevitably, anti-vaccination activists will now point to Doug Brignole’s death from COVID-19 as evidence that the vaccines don’t work.
COVID-19 vaccines work. They just do not function like a force field that repels the SARS-CoV-2 virus, as antivaxxers claim they should work.
Instead, they are training boot camps for your immune system, offering facsimiles of the SARS-CoV-2 virus to give it the opportunity to learn how to identify and defeat the real coronavirus.
While that training will protect the vast majority of vaccinated people from severe disease or death from COVID-19, it is not 100% efficacious.
This is partly because antibody levels will wane over time (hence, the need for booster shots), and partly because the COVID-19 virus is constantly mutating.
Therefore, some vaccinated people like Doug Brignole will still catch COVID-19, and develop severe illness and even die. But their risk is far less than that of the unvaccinated.
Fact #5 : Vaccine Side Effects Appear Within Hours / Days
Doug Brignole was fully-vaccinated against COVID-19 more than 18 months ago. That’s 1.5 years ago.
He cannot possibly have died from a vaccine side effect, because they appear within hours or days, not many months later.
Mild side effects like injection site pain, fever, muscle ache, headache, lethargy develop within minutes to hours of the vaccination.
The spike proteins produced by the COVID-19 vaccines also do not stick around for months. If these spike proteins are permanent (as antivaxxers claim), we would have lifelong immunity.
Your own immune system will identify the spike proteins as foreign, and destroy them within a matter of days, although some may last for up to a few weeks. This is part of how vaccines teach your immune system to identify the enemy and destroy it.
Fact #6 : Deaths / Injuries From COVID-19 Vaccines Can Be Proven
Anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction) from Pfizer or Moderna mRNA vaccines happens within minutes. That’s why people are asked to wait for 15-30 minutes after getting the vaccine. People who get an anaphylactic shock will require an epinephrine shot to quickly relieve it.
Vaccine-induced myocarditis has distinct histopathology findings that are different from typical myocarditis, so a pathologist will be able to determine if the myocarditis was caused by the vaccines or otherwise.
Vaccine-induced Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia (VITT) is very specific to the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. It is also easily differentiated by its unique combination of blood clots in large veins of the brains, abdomen and lungs, together with low platelet counts leading to bleeding tendencies.
Fact #7 : Claims Of Athletes Dying From COVID-19 Vaccine Proven False
This is yet another example of anti-vaccination activists abusing athlete deaths / injuries to create and propagate FAKE NEWS about the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines.
So far, claims of athlete deaths / injuries due to the COVID-19 vaccine have been proven false at every instance.
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Will these anti-vaccination activists apologise for lying to you? Nope! They will just move on to the next athlete tragedy…
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