Celebrity chef Pete Evans has been criticised for his controversial health comments in the wake of cricket legend Shane Warne's death from a suspected heart attack in Thailand.
Video of the former My Kitchen Rules host was posted online, showing him speaking about the 52-year-old's shock passing during a public Zoom call.
"Shane Warne was an amazing cricket player for sure… (it's) sad," Evans said in a snippet of the call shared on Twitter.
"Who knows what the reasons behind this are and I can't comment on it.
"However, so many doctors I've interviewed have been screaming for the last year-and-a-half, saying the vaccines are going to cause death like we've never seen across the planet.
"And they're all predicting we're not going to see the outcomes of this — or the real side effects — for the next three to five years. We're witnessing it happening with athletes on field and there's a reason behind that."
Anti-vaxxers weigh in on Shane Warne's death
The news of Warne's death on Saturday sparked an outpouring of tributes for the legendary spin bowler.
But anti-vaxxers took to social media blaming the Covid vaccination for his sudden death as well as the passing of fellow cricketing great Rod Marsh who died of a heart attack the day before.
"Shane Warne dies of a 'suspected heart attack'. Not expected for a fit, former sportsman of middle age," one person wrote on Twitter.
"The mainstream media: 'Keep getting jabbed as fast as you can!' Fools rush in...."
"Both dead within 1 day of each other. Shane's last tweet was about Rod Marsh's death," another tweeted, along with a picture of the two cricket legends standing next to each other.
"Vaccine injury or coincidence..................??? (sic)"
Another Twitter user added: "Just a small reminder that Shane Warne was vaccinated with Covid-19 vaccine. The same vaccine which has been known to cause fatal heart attacks in totally healthy individuals."
But some social media users were quick to respond, slamming Evans and others for their anti-vaxxer views in Facebook comments under an article covering the celebrity chef's remarks about Shane Warne's death.
"People had heart attacks before the vaccines were around," one woman commented.
"It’s not even confirmed yet, but anti-vaxxers are already signing his death certificate. It’s shameful and disgusting."
"Disgusting and opportunistic at a time that should be about the sadness of a great man’s passing," another added.
"Have some respect for Shane Warne's family and friends."
According to Healthline, there is no credible evidence the Covid-19 vaccine increases the risk of a heart attack.
"It can lead to heart inflammation in some people," it says.
"However, this effect is typically mild and goes away with treatment."
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