In Memory Of Those Who “Died Suddenly” In The United States, May 13-May 20, 2024


Dr. Robert Redfield, former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said Thursday that many officials who tried to warn the public about potential problems with COVID-19 vaccines were pressured into silence and that it’s high time to admit that there were “significant” side effects that made people sick. Dr. Redfield made the remarks in a May 16 interview with Chris Cuomo on NewsNation, during which he lamented the loss of public confidence in public health agencies because of a lack of transparency around the vaccines, which he said “saved a lot of lives” but also made some people “quite ill.”

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“Those of us that tried to suggest there may be significant side effects from vaccines … we kind of got canceled because no one wanted to talk about the potential that there was a problem from the vaccines, because they were afraid that that would cause people not to want to get vaccinated,” Dr. Redfield said. In his role as head of the CDC, Dr. Redfield was part of the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed, a project to surge COVID-19 vaccine development at a time during the pandemic when little was known about the virus and rapid vaccine rollout was widely seen as key to getting the outbreak under control and lockdowns lifted.

The CDC still recommends that people of all ages receive a COVID-19 vaccine, saying that the potential side effects do not outweigh the potential harms of getting sick [and dying—ed.] with COVID-19. In a notice published in late April, the agency again called for adults aged 65 and older to get the latest version of the vaccines.

Alice Stewart, a political commentator for CNN who worked for several Republican presidential campaigns, has died, the cable news outlet reported on Saturday. She was 58. Law enforcement officials told CNN that Stewart’s body was found outdoors in a northern Virginia neighborhood. Police said no foul play was suspected and believe that Stewart suffered a medical emergency.

St. Clair, Michigan – The upcoming St. Clair Shores Memorial Day Parade will contain a special tribute to Olympian and hockey ambassador Mark Wells, who died last week. Mr. Wells, a St. Clair Shores native and member of the 1980 United States hockey team that became known as the famed “Miracle on Ice” squad at the Lake Placid Olympics, died Friday in his sleep, officials said. He was 66. Parade organizers said Wells was scheduled to appear in the procession down Harper Avenue, but passed away a little over a week before the event.

Tony McFarr, a Hollywood stunt performer who worked as Chris Pratt’s stunt double in the Jurassic World movies and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, has died. He was 47. McFarr was found dead on Monday, May 13, Florida’s Orange County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed to PEOPLE. While an exam has already taken place, a cause of death remains pending the results of a toxicology report. TMZ was first to report McFarr’s death, noting that his mother Donna said he died unexpectedly at his home just outside Orlando.

Richie Roefaro, age 46died  unexpectedly on Sunday May 12, 2024. He was soon to become a father.  His family states they are beyond saddened to lose Richie so suddenly due to unforeseen heart failure. Richie’s career was in the film industry, working at Miramax Pictures and Technicolor Corporation as a contributing editor for many films. After spending over twenty years in NYC, he moved back home to Utica for a more well-rounded life, where he returned to his family and followed his passion as a “memorabilia” collector and seller, also pursuing his love of music and clearly preparing for his new journey, cut short, as an expectant father.

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