A man whose family thought he died from a COVID-19 vaccine actually died of heart disease, an autopsy has revealed.
Tim Zook, 60, of Orange, California, died on Jan. 9, four days after receiving the second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
At the time, his wife, Rochelle, implied to the… Orange County Registry that her husband’s death had something to do with the vaccine.
However, an Orange County coroner’s autopsy report released Wednesday confirmed that Zook, an X-ray technician, died of cardiovascular disease leading to heart failure.
The death of Tim Zook (left) was attributed to heart disease by an Orange County coroner. His wife, Rochelle (right) suggested that the vaccine he had been given days earlier was the cause of his death
Tim Zook, 60, posted excited about receiving the second dose of his Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Jan. He died four days later
Zook’s official cause of death was listed as “hypertensive and athersclerotic heart disease with severe cardiomegaly and heart failure,” the OC Register reported.
This means he had a buildup of plaque in his coronary arteries and heart disease caused by high blood pressure.
In addition, Zook’s heart was described as dilated, very enlarged and thicker than normal.
The report does mention that COVID-19 vaccines played a role in his death.
When he received his second shot on January 5, Zook posted pictures of a bandage on his arm and a picture of his vaccination card.
“Never been so excited to shoot before. I am now fully vaccinated after receiving my 2nd dose of Pfizer,” he wrote on his Facebook page.
Rochelle said her husband “believed in vaccines” and was “sure he would take that vaccine again, and that he would like the public to take it,” according to the OC Register.
According to his wife, his condition started to climb the day after he received the vaccine.
“If someone gets symptoms 2.5 hours after a vaccination, that’s a reaction,” she told the paper.
‘What else could have happened? We want the public to know what happened to Tim so he didn’t die in vain.
‘Serious reactions are rare. In reality, COVID is a much more deadly force than reactions from the potential vaccine itself.”
She continued: ‘The message is, be safe, get the vaccine – but the officials need to do more research.
“We need to know the cause. Vaccines should be as safe as possible. Every life matters.’
Rochelle also said she wouldn’t blame Pfizer or any other pharmaceutical company for her husband’s death.
“Our immediate thoughts are with the bereaved,” Pfizer said Fox news in January.
“We are closely monitoring all of these events and are collecting relevant information to share with global regulatory authorities. Based on ongoing safety assessments conducted by Pfizer, BioNTech and health authorities, BNT162b2 maintains a positive benefit-risk profile for the prevention of COVID-19 infections.
“Serious side effects, including deaths unrelated to the vaccine, are unfortunately likely to occur at a similar rate to the general population.”
Zook was an X-ray technician who worked at the South Coast Global Medical Center in Santa Ana, California.
His death was investigated by the Orange County coroner’s office to determine the true cause of death.
The coroner determined that heart disease was the real cause of death for Zook.
The Pfizer vaccine was the first to receive emergency use approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in mid-December.
It is the most widely used vaccine in the United States to date, having been administered more than 186 million times.
The vaccine has been considered safe and effective by the FDA and health experts around the world, although there are some negative side effects associated with it.
Myocarditis, heart inflammation, has been found in a small percentage of young men who have received the vaccine.
Overall, 56 percent of Americans have received at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 48 percent of people have been fully vaccinated.