Canadian athlete Shawn Barber died from ‘medical complications’ Wednesday, January 17th, but skeptics point fingers at the covid vaccine.
He was 29.
The Canadian pole vault record holder and 2015 world champion died earlier this week at his home in Kingwood, Texas.
His agent Paul Doyle confirmed his death to CBS News.
A statement on Barber’s death did not go into details about his cause of death, simply attributing it to a medical complication.
Immediately, covid skeptics started pointing fingers, claiming Shawn Barber died to taking the vaccine.
How true is that? Are there any merits to those claims.
Let’s take a look!
Shawn Barber vaccine
Canadian world champion pole vaulter Shawn Barber has died at the age of 29, his agent Paul Doyle confirmed to the media.
“More than just an incredible athlete, Shawn was such a good-hearted person that always put others ahead of himself,” Doyle said Thursday.
“It’s tragic to lose such a good person at such a young age.”
His death has raised questions with people wondering – did Shawn Barber take the covid vaccine?
Whilst it has not been confirmed or not if he did take the vaccine, he did likely take it.
What isn’t clear is what impact, if any, that had on his demise.
Whilst we will examine the vaccine claims in deeper detail later in this article, we now concentrate on Shawn Barber cause of death according to official sources.
Shawn Barber death cause
Shawn Barber died at his home in Kingwood, Texas, on Wednesday from medical complications, according to a statement from the University of Akron’s athletics department.
The statement read: “The University of Akron Department of Athletics is saddened to announce that World Champion, Olympian, and three-time NCAA Champion Shawn Barber passed away at his home in KIngswood, Texas, from medical complications on Wednesday, Jan. 17.
“Barber had fallen ill and had been experiencing poor health for some time,”
Going into further details, the University revealed Barber, who competed for the institution during his time there, was very well liked.
“A well-liked teammate and competitor, Barber enjoyed a distinguished collegiate career that was highlighted by capturing a trio of NCAA pole vault titles as a member of the Akron Track and Field program from 2013-15,” it continued.
Barber became the first male individual national champion in Zips history capturing the 2014 NCAA Indoor Championship jumping a Canadian overall record of 18-10.25 to defeat 2013 NCAA Outdoor Champ and future Olympian Sam Kendricks of Ole Miss.
He then earned both the NCAA indoor and outdoor titles during the 2015 campaign eclipsing 19-4.75 (5.91m) and 18-4.50 (5.50m), respectively, en route to becoming a finalist for both the Bowerman and Sullivan Awards.
His winning clearance on his final attempt at the 2015 NCAA Indoor Championships broke not only his own collegiate record but also set a then NCAA Championship meet standard besting Jacob Davis’ record of 19-2.25 (5.85m) set in 1999.
Shawn Barber found success on the international stage after leaving Akron winning the 2015 IAAF World Championship in Beijing, China with a clearance of 19-4.25 (5.90m). He also earned the gold medal at the 2015 Pan American Games on the strength of a winning jump of 19-0.25 (5.80m).
Barber represented Canada at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro where he battled the elements to place 10th eclipsing 18-0.50 (5.50m).
Barber’s best vault was 6.0 meters (19-8.25) on Jan. 15, 2016, in Reno, Nevada. His mark remains the Canadian record.
The 29-year-old set the Canadian record for the men’s pole vault in January 2016. He earned a gold medal at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto and also won the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, later that year.
According to the University of Akron, Shawn Barber is survived his brother, David; his mother, Ann; and his father, George.
Shawn Barber covid vaccine
On social media, the conversation is heated over whether the death of Shawn Barber can be attributed to the covid vaccine.
Recently, whenever anyone young dies with little explanation of what happened, suspicion immediately lands on the covid vaccine, and it’s been the same in the death of Shawn Barber.
On X, questions were immediately asked.
“So many young, athletic, trim people dying suddenly of heart attacks & strokes with no prior conditions. This pandemic is confirmed by significant excess deaths among non-seniors in most western countries. Doctors and Health Bureaucrats have their heads buried deep in the sand,” User RiverMango wondered.
“So many young, athletic, trim people dying suddenly of heart attacks & strokes with no prior conditions. This pandemic is confirmed by significant excess deaths among non-seniors in most western countries. Doctors and Health Bureaucrats have their heads buried deep in the sand,” said user Robert Heitner.
“When did “medical complications” become a cause of death?” user Lori Agasi asked.
It’s clear many people have questions over the vaccine and whenever a young athlete like Shawn Barber dies it is immediately questioned.
Other comments include; “America—we have to face this,” Edward McManus ominously warned.
Not everyone buys the claim though.
On reddit, one user said: “There’s [no] proof it was the COVID vaccine,”
Was Shawn Barber gay?
Some people have also been wondering if Shawn Barber was gay, aside from curiosity over whether he took the vaccine or not.
According to CBC.ca, Barber came out as gay in an April 2017 Facebook post.
He wrote at the time: “He stated: “Gay and proud! Thank you to my parents for being such a great support. I continue to grow as a person and have a great support group. My parents are my greatest support and have helped me through a lot recently. To my friends, you are always my friends and I love you too!”
Many people paid tribute to Shawn Barber following his passing.
Canadian women’s pole vaulter Alysha Newman shared several photos and a lengthy caption in an Instagram post.
“I wish I could say heaven received another angel but if I’m being honest it was way too soon,” she wrote. “Shawn, my teammate, my dear friend and confidant. I’m honoured to have been in the same walk of life as you.”
“Our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of Shawn Barber, Canadian Pole Vaulter — 2015 World Champion, Rio 2016 Olympian and Canadian Record Holder,” Athletics Canada posted on X, formerly known as Twitter.
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Shawn Barber had a dual citizenship of Canada and the United States, as he was born in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and his father, George, was a Canadian native from Kincardine, Ont. He grew up in both countries, spending time in Toronto as well.
He became the best pole vaulter in Canada, breaking the national record with a 6.00 metres jump in January 2016. He also made history by winning the 2015 world championships in Beijing, China, with a 5.90 metres clearance. It was the first time a Canadian won a world title in athletics in over a decade, and the first time a Canadian won a medal in pole vault at the worlds.
He had already won the Pan American Games gold and his third Canadian title in Toronto a month before.
Piotr Lisek, the bronze medalist at the 2015 worlds, praised Barber as one of the top pole vaulters in the world in a Polish post on X and shared photos of them on the podium.
He was also a star at the University of Akron, where he won the NCAA outdoor title in 2015, along with his second consecutive indoor title. He added another Canadian title that year as well.
Akron’s athletics department described Barber as “a well-liked teammate and competitor,”
The following year, he reached the final at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, where he finished 10th in a pole vault competition won by Thiago Braz of Brazil.
He also won medals at the 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth Games, taking bronze and silver respectively.
He is survived by his mother, Ann; father, George; and brother, David.
George Barber, who represented Canada in pole vault at the 1983 world championships, was his son’s coach until he was banned by Athletics Canada in November 2015, after they found out about his 2007 conviction for having sex with a student while working at a U.S. high school.
Barber tested positive for traces of cocaine in a drug test before the 2016 Rio Olympics. The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport wanted to ban him for four years, but he was not suspended and only lost his 2016 national title.
“Athletics Canada said in a statement at the time, ““This has been a learning experience for Shawn, he is a young athlete learning how to compete on the field of play, and prepare away from it.”””
He was allowed to compete in Brazil after it was proven that he accidentally ingested the banned substance.
The Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (SDRCC) report said that Barber consumed the cocaine on July 8, the night before he won the Canadian title in Edmonton, in a s*xual encounter with a woman.
The woman said that she used cocaine before she met Barber and then again in the bathroom of his hotel room. She said at his hearing that he had no idea she had used the drug.
The court decided that Barber, who said the positive test was “a complete shock,” had unknowingly ingested the drug through kissing.
Barber came out as gay in an April 2017 Facebook post.
He wrote: “Gay and proud! Thank you to my parents for being such a great support. I continue to grow as a person and have a great support group. My parents are my greatest support and have helped me through a lot recently. To my friends, you are always my friends and I love you too!”
He last competed in 2020.
Shawn Barber Instagram
Many people are searching for Shawn Barber Instagram but his posts were shared via his management, @doylemanagement
Shawn Barber death cause – Shawn Barber died from medical complications
How did Shawn Barber die? Shawn Barber died in his home at Kingwood, Texas after recent ill health.
Was Shawn Barber gay? Yes, he was. Shawn Barber came out in 2017.
Did Shawn Barber take the covid vaccine? It’s not been confirmed but many suspect he did.
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