Doug Brignole, an icon in the world of bodybuilding and an author, died at the age of 63 earlier this month.
The Gateway Pundit reported that Brignole strongly supports vaccination against COVID-19. His last statement on the subject of vaccine safety has been widely shared on the internet.
“I have enough confidence in the vaccine, based on my research, to get it done,” Brignole said.
“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 that you were misled, and tell the world who misled you, so other people can benefit by avoiding those fearmongers.”
Brignole took the Moderna vaccine last year according to his Facebook post.
“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.”
On Saturday, USA Today fact-checked the claims that Brignole died from the COVID-19 vaccine. They rated it as FALSE.
“Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner records show Brignole died of a COVID-19 infection, not the COVID-19 vaccine,” according to the outlet.
In other words, the vaccine is completely ineffective because it could not save Brignole from the COVID-19 infection.
“While Brignole did suffer from Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease, according to the medical examiner’s records, there was no other cause of death listed. There have also been no credible reports connecting Brignole’s death to the vaccine.”
Atherosclerosis is a type of thickening or hardening of the arteries caused by a buildup of plaque in the inner lining of an artery. A build-up of cholesterol plaque in the walls of arteries causes obstruction of blood flow. Plaques may rupture causing acute occlusion of the artery by clot.
A healthy diet and exercise can help. Brignole wrote on his Instagram account sharing his preparation for his exhibition for the 2022 AAU Mr. Universe competition in Las Vegas, weeks before his death.
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However, the LA coroner’s website stated deferred, meaning the cause of death has not been determined and the medical examiner is requesting more investigation into the death, including additional studies.
The article in USA Today was met with disapproval.
One user commented, “Really? He had cardiovascular disease, vaccinated and boosted and he dies from covid. Not to mention he’s a bodybuilder eats healthy and works out daily!”
“There you go big gov and are so-called controlled elite own quacks selling you more lies. the vac killed him like all the other ones not being reported,” another commented.
“Nice cover story,” another said.
“All unexplained deaths will now be blamed on covid that the vaccine did not prevent,” another said.
A friend of Doug’s reached out to The Gateway Pundit. Here are her comments:
Jim, I saw your article on Doug Brignole’s passing. I knew Doug back in the 90’s and even did some ghost-writing for him on his newsletter. Some of the commenters are being very viscous and jumping to conclusions. Doug did not ‘juice’ or take steroids when I knew him and I do not believe he would ever go that route.
I just wanted to say that Doug was passionate about health and helping others. My guess for the reason that he took the vax and made that post about it was that he was tired of the arguing between people he knew. Doug always tried to be the middle ground. He would have done his research, taken the vax, and then posted it as a way to stop the arguing (mostly amongst the people he knew). We don’t know if the vax contributed to or was the cause of his death but, regardless, I wish he had not put out the post. It will likely be how a man who did so many great things and was a wonderful friend will be remembered.
Rest in Peace, Doug Brignole.