Controversial anti-vaxxer Pete Evans has slammed the Covid-19 vaccine moments after weighing in on the deaths of cricket greats Shane Warne and Rod Marsh.
The world is still in shock after the legendary spin bowler died of a suspected heart attack, hours after Australia lost another cricket great, former wicketkeeper Marsh to the same cause.
As tributes to the much-loved sports icon flooded social media, anti-vax trolls hijacked the devastating news to spread an absurd conspiracy about Covid-19.
Footage of Evans filmed during a public Zoom call is circulating online, which looks like Former My Kitchen Rules paid tribute to Warne.
He admitted that he could not comment specifically on the cause of his death, but then went on to rant about Covid vaccines.
Pete Evans (pictured at an anti-vax rally) has been accused of using the death of cricket legend Shane Warne to promote his concerns about COVID vaccines.
Shane Warne (pictured with ex-fiancee Liz Hurley) died Friday night of a suspected heart attack, leaving the sports world in mourning.
Shane Warne was definitely an amazing cricketer… [it’s] That’s sad,’ Evans purportedly claimed in the video.
‘Who knows what are the reasons behind this and I cannot comment on it.
‘However, so many doctors I’ve interviewed have been screaming for the past year and a half, saying that vaccines are going to cause death like we’ve never seen across the planet.
‘And they’re all predicting that we’re not going to see the results – or the real side effects – for the next three to five years. We are seeing this happening with the athletes on the field and there is a reason behind it.
The video sparked an angry reaction against Evans, who was accused of using Warne’s death as a platform to promote his anti-vaccination posts.
The struggle for relevance. Once again Pete Evans failed to read the room,’ one person tweeted.
Another added: ‘Disgusting and opportunistic in a time that must be about the grief of the passing of a great man. Have some respect for Shane Warne’s family and friends.
A third Evans critic recently shared an article that showed Warne smoking a cigarette and drinking energy drinks on the balcony of a hotel in Sydney two months ago.
He wrote, ‘Medical science understands reasonably well what causes tragic, premature cardiac arrests in 52-year-old men like Pete Evans, putting families and fans at risk.
Another replied to a fan of Evans: ‘Next time you give him an uppercut for my dad (38) and brother (55) who died of heart disease, overweight and smokers for a lifetime. Benson & Hedges sponsored Australian cricket since 1973, which killed Rod and Shane.
Evans hit back at some of the criticism, implying that he was claiming outright that Warne died as a result of receiving a COVID vaccine.
He highlighted his comment which said: ‘Who knows what are the reasons behind this and I cannot comment on it.’
‘Why would they put my image on this story when I didn’t comment on it other than what I said above regarding Shane?’ Evans wrote on Telegram.
‘Very sad to lose any lives again and my thoughts are with his family at this time.’
Shane Warne died just hours after fellow Australian cricket icon Rod Marsh died (pictured)
A video of Pete Evans (pictured) reportedly filmed during a public Zoom call, hours after Shane Warne’s death, shows anti-vaxxer slamming vaccines
According to Healthline, there is no credible evidence that the Kovid-19 vaccine increases the risk of heart attack.
Its website states, ‘It may cause inflammation of the heart in some people.’
‘However, this effect is usually mild and goes away with treatment.’
It is also important to note that, according to research, the rate of heart inflammation (myocarditis) from the vaccine is much lower than that of heart inflammation caused by COVID-19 infection.
Evans’ alleged comments come after several posts were hijacked by different anti-vaxxers to spread bizarre claims that both the cricket legends died due to the Covid-19 vaccine.
‘Both are dead within a day of each other Shane’s last tweet was about the death of Rod Marsh. Vaccine injury or coincidence?’ One person tweeted a picture of Marsh with Warne.
Another wrote, ‘You really have to wonder if vaccines killed Rod Marsh and Shane Warne, and you are more foolish if you dismiss it.
‘He was killed by Wax. You’re a fool, a wicked fool if you don’t see it,’ added a third.
Multiple posts were hijacked by anti-vaxxers for spreading bizarre claims of deaths due to Covid-19 vaccine
Other Twitter users called the absurd theories “shameful” and “disgusting”.
‘PSA. People had heart attacks before the vaccine and they will after the vaccine! Shane Warne dies of suspected heart attack,’ posted one.
‘It’s not even confirmed yet, but anti-vaxxers are already signing his death certificate. This is shameful and disgusting.
Another added: ‘You guys are disgusting. If you know anything about Shane Warne you’ll know his lifestyle all the way through his career, in which there’s something far more dangerous than a vaccine entering his body. Contains chemicals. Go to the bin.’
Warne, considered the greatest bowler in cricket history, was found unresponsive at his villa in Koh Samui, Thailand on Friday evening.