Media Fuels Conspiracy Theories About “Anti-Vaxxers” and Marvin Hagler’s Death

Media Fuels Conspiracy Theories About “Anti-Vaxxers” and Marvin Hagler’s Death

Opinion | On Mar. 13, 2021, former middleweight boxing champion Tommy Hearns posted the following Instagram message regarding his longtime friend and former boxing competitor and boxing legend Marvin Hagler:

A real true warrior Pray for the king and his family… he’s in ICU fighting the after effects of the vaccine! He’ll be just fine but we could use the positive energy and Prayer for his Full Recovery!1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

It is unclear how Hearns learned that Hagler had received a COVID-19 vaccine. Nor is it known if Hagler even got the vaccine or,  if he did, when he got it. TMZ reported that Hagler’s son, James, said that “earlier” on the day that his father died, Hagler had been taken to a hospital in New Hampshire after “experiencing breathing and chest pains at home.” Another news report noted that James Hagler had described in Facebook posts how his father had been “rushed to a New Hampshire hospital emergency room after suddenly complaining of chest pains and shortness of breath.”11 12

So it is entirely possible that what Hearns posted on Instagram may simply have been in response to what he learned from Hagler’s son. Contrary to what has been suggested in some media articles, Hearns did not tie Hagler’s death to a vaccination.1 3 4 5 8 9 All Hearns wrote was that Hagler was in an intensive care unit dealing with what, apparently, he understood to be a reaction to a vaccine and that he was confident his former boxing rival would be okay, but that prayers for his recovery would be welcomed.

Hearns’ Message Was Posted Hours Before Hagler Died

Approximately four hours after Hagler was transported from his home in Bartlett, NH to the hospital, Hagler’s family was notified of his death.12 13 Supposedly, Hagler, 66, died at the hospital. At 5:45 pm on Mar. 13,14 just hours after Hearns had posted his message, Hagler’s wife, Kay, posted the following message on her husband’s official fan club page on Facebook:

I am sorry to make a very sad announcement. Today unfortunately my beloved husband Marvelous Marvin passed away unexpectedly at his home here in New Hampshire. Our family requests that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.14

Hagler’s Death Attributed to “Natural Causes”

The announcement Hagler’s death on his website states:

We are very sad to report that Marvelous Marvin Hagler died on March 13 of natural causes near his home in New Hampshire.15

Those are the facts that have been reported. In other words, there’s little that is known about the circumstances surrounding Hagler’s death, even though there has been a considerable amount of media coverage of this news story.

Unfortunately, most of this coverage has been aimed at blaming Hearns and so-called “anti-vaxxers” for spreading rumors that Hagler died as a result of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. There have been headlines such as “Anti-vaxxers try to hijack death of boxing legend Marvin Hagler, falsely claiming he died from vaccine side-effects” and “Boxing legend Marvin Hagler’s death is being used by anti-vaxxers to push conspiracies about the COVID vaccine.”!”2 5 6 7 16

Clearly, in the case of Hearns, the allegation of rumor-mongering is unjustified since his message was posted prior to the announcement of Hagler’s death.

Speculation About Hagler’s Death

What Hearns’ Instagram message did do was fuel public speculation after Hagler’s death was announced that Hagler may have died as a result of getting a COVID-19 vaccine.16 Such speculation should not be viewed as unreasonable, given the number of deaths that have been reported in the United States and worldwide shortly after people have gotten the experimental vaccine—in some cases, within minutes or hours after vaccination.17  18  19  20  21  22  23  24  25  26  27  28  29  30  31  32  33  34  35  36  37  38  39  40  41  42  43  44  45  46  47  48  49  50  51 

In short, contrary to what the media is attempting to suggest, there is no coordinated effort to link Hagler’s death to a vaccine he may or may not have received. There is simply speculation, which is what people normally engage in after learning that an apparently healthy sports celebrity suddenly dies and relatively little information is offered about the cause.

There was similar public speculation following the death of baseball great Hank Aaron on Jan. 5, 2021, two weeks after he was given Moderna’s experimental mRNA-1273 vaccine. FactCheck.org noted that the “sequence of events” after Aaron was vaccinated “led some social media users to suggest there was a direct link between his getting the shot and then dying several days later,” and added, “But there is no evidence that is the case.”17 

Ultimately, Aaron’s sudden death was attributed to “natural causes.” At the moment, this also appears to be the explanation for Hagler’s sudden death, although nothing more detailed has been given as an official cause.17 


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11 Responses to "Media Fuels Conspiracy Theories About “Anti-Vaxxers” and Marvin Hagler’s Death"

  1. Brad   March 22, 2021 at 12:44 am

    If you’re waiting around for an autopsy report attributing Marvelous Marvin’s death to the Covid vaccine, you’re going to be waiting forever! Has there been any death yet officially attributed to the vaccines? Has there been any admission by Fauci, Gates, and the rest of the cretins, that this vaccine killed anybody? It doesn’t take much discernment to see something stinks in Denmark, but curiously the masses still can’t see it! Hundreds of thousands have died in the last year, with serious comorbidities – even of accidents – and the CDC, et.al., have had no problem with attributing all of these deaths to Covid. On the other hand, none of these “vaccine deaths” have been admitted to have been caused by the vaccine; but rather “natural causes”, and even refusals to autopsy these deceased! Tommy Hearns didn’t just pull “. . . he’s in ICU fighting the after effects of the vaccine!” out of his hat! It’s obvious he is very close to Marvin’s family, and heard this from somewhere. Now Marvin’s wife is lying, saying he died at home, when it is documented he died in the hospital ICU. It’s pretty obvious someone got to her (wouldn’t be at all surprised if it was Fauci himself since she is also Italian!), convincing her to change her story(s). These vaccine cretins are playing for keeps. What about us?

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    • fanof   March 25, 2021 at 6:14 pm

      Brad, the cdc does admit to deaths directly attributed to the vaccine; the figures are on their website, but I noted that when I first checked in Feb, they listed 1173 deaths from the vaccine. Then, when I checked it a few days later, they had changed the number to 963, so they are doing their best to downplay the deaths

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  2. Lookout   March 22, 2021 at 3:11 am

    Quoting FactCheck.org adds no credibility as this is a well known lying establishment mouthpiece.

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  3. Sara M. Woods Kender   March 22, 2021 at 8:03 am

    I find it appalling all these people dying after the vaccine cannot be contributed to the vaccine bc they don’t know what that would look like. this is really what it comes down to. What does death caused by the vaccine look like? My second cousin died in a Massachusetts nursing home when they were vaccinating all the nursing home patients a month or so ago. I do not know if she received the vaccine, but I would bet my life she did. She died of ‘organ failure’. is that how you die of MS? When she has been fighting MS for her whole life? She was about 65. Can we at least agree that a person….any person….does not die of ‘organ failure’ bc of MS and certainly not ‘natural causes’ at age 66. We have lowered the bar for vaccines so much so we can’t see the bar anymore as it is covered in dirt.

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    • Dani   March 23, 2021 at 7:45 am

      I’m hearing from several friends of their loved ones dying of organ failure … despite not having any health issues which would lead to such. All have had the vax.

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  4. Tom   March 22, 2021 at 9:27 am

    If pharma has EVER wanted to be truthful about the potions they create, any and all discussion, fact-finding, testing, trials, opinion, actual results, etc, would be wide open so that all sides could be considered. There would be few secrets and their data would become available for scrutiny by everyone. That has not been the case for at leas the last 70 years. This is why I would never trust ANY vaccines in particular and many drugs that are doled out like candy.

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  5. Claudia A Paquet   March 22, 2021 at 12:20 pm

    @Sara M. Woods Kender

    You are absolutely spot on!

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  6. MD   March 22, 2021 at 1:27 pm

    Wow. That’s garbage when he passed away from natural cause?? This isn’t the first time I’ve heard of it. Nothing is news.

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  7. HealthMatters   March 22, 2021 at 3:06 pm

    Ironic that if you die and test positive for covid-19, it goes on your death certificate as a cause for death, yet if you get the vaccine and die, it is presumed it was not causal.

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  8. Liv4ever   March 24, 2021 at 5:58 am

    Vaccine lunacy

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  9. Liv4ever   March 24, 2021 at 6:00 am

    Vaccine lunacy

    https://153news.net/watch_video.php?v=5G3XW5RMNY7G

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