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Was DMX vaccinated against COVID-19 before his heart attack?

 

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Was DMX vaccinated against COVID-19 before his heart attack?


An anonymous source from a gossip website will not be considered a credible source of intelligence.

Days before his heart attack, DMX received the COVID-19 vaccine.

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DMX died on April 9, 2021, in a New York hospital, where he had been after undergoing a "catastrophic cardiac arrest" a week before. When word of DMX's death spread on social media, a story surfaced that he had taken the COVID-19 vaccine just before sustaining a heart attack.

An unspecified "family member" was cited in an MTO News report as the prime source for the rumor that DMX took a vaccine shortly before his heart attack. According to the accused family member,

“When they opened it up to people over 50, [DMX] got the vaccine. He had it so he could go on tour and play, things like that... All [in the media] is claiming that [DMX] overdosed on drugs. What proof do they have? I'm from a family of doctors, and no one has ever told me about an overdose... Yes, he had a drug problem in the past. But no one knows he had an overdose. It's messed up that it's being recorded that way... He had a heart attack after taking the vaccine. I'm not suggesting the vaccine caused his heart attack, but he'd never had one before.”


Websites like dailypostusa.com and the misleadingly titled “Washington News Post” later rehashed the tale (not The Washington Post).

There are some reasons to be suspicious of this story. For starters, this rumor originates from a single anonymous source. COVID-19 and a COVID-19 vaccine were not included in DMX's family's official announcement on the musician's death. According to the official statement:

“We are profoundly saddened to share the news that our loved one, DMX, born Earl Simmons, died at the age of 50 in White Plains Hospital with his family by his side after being put on life support for the past few days... Earl was a valiant fighter who fought to the finish. We treasure the hours we spent with him because he cherished his family with all of his heart... Earl's music influenced many people all over the world, and his legendary legacy will live on in perpetuity. During this very trying time, we thank all of the love and kindness we've received. Please respect our privacy as we mourn the loss of our brother, aunt, uncle, and the man known as DMX to the rest of the world. We'll let you know more about him’’


According to a statement from the hospital in White Plains, New York, DMX died of "catastrophic cardiac arrest."


It can also be remembered that Media Takeout is a gossip publication that has previously written some dubious stories. The website wrote an article alleging that Lil Nas X had come out as transgender after he dressed up as Nicki Minaj for Halloween, for example. According to Gossip Cop,

When it comes to celebrity coverage, MediaTakeOut, also known as MTO News, doesn't have a great track record. We here at Gossip Cop have called them MediaFakeOut because of how much we've dismissed their false claims. If the gossip forum has enough shame, to begin with, it would be humiliating.

The most serious flaw in this rumor is that it implies that DMX's heart attack was triggered by a COVID-19 vaccine, ignoring the fact that there is no proof to back up that argument. The MTO article concludes, "The CDC received only 2,794 records of death from people who received a COVID-19 vaccine," although this does not imply that the COVID-19 vaccine was "the cause" of those 2,794 deaths.

According to the CDC:

From December 14, 2020, to April 5, 2021, over 167 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were delivered in the United States. During this time, VAERS received 2,794 death notifications (0.00167%) from individuals who had received the COVID-19 vaccine. Each case report of death is reviewed by CDC and FDA doctors as soon as they are alerted, and the CDC demands medical information to better analyze reports. An analysis of existing health data, such as death certificates, autopsies, and surgical history, found no proof that vaccination played a role in patient deaths.

Although there is no evidence that DMX's heart attack was exacerbated by a vaccine, it is conceivable that he was vaccinated before his death. Vaccinations for people aged 50 and over are available in New York on March 22, 2021. At the age of 50, DMX passed away.

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