18 year-old football player Sam Westmoreland is the latest victim of anti-vaccination activists who claim that he was a victim of vaccine sudden death!
Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!
Updated @ 2022-12-22 : Updated article with Sam Westmoreland’s cause of death
Originally posted @ 2022-10-24
Claim : Sam Westmoreland Died From Vaccine Sudden Death!
Right after news broke that Sam Westmoreland suddenly died just days before his 19th birthday, anti-vaccination activists immediately claimed that the Mississippi State football player died from vaccine-induced sudden death (SADS / VIDS)!
Here is a selection of social media posts accompanying links or articles on his death:
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Truth : No Evidence Sam Westmoreland Died From Vaccine Sudden Death!
It’s now a tradition for anti-vaccination activists to immediately blame all athlete 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 : Sam Westmoreland’s Cause Of Death Was Suicide
Sam Westmoreland (born Samuel Westmoreland on October 21, 2003) passed away on Wednesday, October 19, 2022 – just two days shy of his 19th birthday.
He was an industrial technology major at the Mississippi State University, and an offensive lineman for the MSU Bulldog football team.
A spokesperson for the Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Office said that the police were called out to the Blackjack Missionary Baptist Church in Starkville, Mississippi to investigate a dead person found there.
When the police arrived on that Wednesday morning, they discovered Sam Westmoreland dead. Oktiibbeha County Sheriff’s Captain Brett Watson said that no foul play was suspected.
While an official cause of death was never released, the Clarion Ledger revealed on November 10, 2022 that Sam Westmoreland killed himself after returning to Starkville.
Fact #2 : MSU Statement Suggested He Committed Suicide
The university is working with the Sheriff’s Office, the County Coroner’s Office, the MSU Student Affairs division, and the MSU Athletics Department to “determine the facts of this incident”.
Although the university did not reveal Sam Westmoreland’s cause of death, its official statement on his sudden death suggested that he committed suicide, when it ended with resources for depression, general anxiety as well as alcohol and drug use counselling.
It also told students to contact the Dean of Students Office for “any interventions for personal and academic support”.
Fact #3 : His Teammates Suggested He Committed Suicide
His teammate, MSU quarterback Will Rogers suggested that Sam Westmoreland committed suicide in his tweet, saying that “it’s okay not to be okay“.
Jake Weir, another MSU quarterback, also suggested that Sam Westmoreland took his own life, asking people to “check up on the folks around you”.
Fact #4 : Unknown If Sam Westmoreland Was Vaccinated
It is currently unknown if Sam Westmoreland was vaccinated against COVID-19, so it would be wrong for anyone to claim that he died from COVID-19 vaccine side effects.
For all we know – he may not even be vaccinated! The COVID-19 vaccine is not mandatory in the United States, despite what anti-vaccination activists may claim.
Fact #5 : Vaccine Side Effects Appear Within Hours / Days
Even if Sam Westmoreland was fully-vaccinated against COVID-19, he definitely received his vaccine doses many months 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 : 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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