Cabrera collapsed on the court during a game in December 2021 and was transported to a local hospital. Following his death, social media posts surfaced in which Cabrera Adames suggested he developed the rare heart disease after receiving two COVID vaccine doses. He allegedly wrote in a previous post on Instagram, "I got a damn myocarditis from taking a f***ing vaccine. (I got 2 doses of Pfizer) And I knew it! Many people warned me."
Cabrera said the COVID-19 vaccine required him to play professional basketball and had no pre-existing health conditions. "But guess what? It was compulsory or I couldn't work. I am an international professional athlete and I am playing in Spain," he reportedly said. "I have no health problem, nothing, not hereditary, no asthma, NOTHING! I suddenly collapsed to the ground in the middle of a match and almost died. I'm still recovering and I've had 11 different cardiology tests done and guess? They find nothing."
According to the American Heart Association, "Myocarditis is a serious though rare condition where inflammation develops in the myocardium, or middle muscular layer of the heart wall. Myocarditis can weaken the heart and its electrical system. As a result, the heart's ability to pump blood declines. The condition may be acute and resolve quickly. Or it may be chronic, lasting longer than two weeks. In severe cases, Myocarditis may lead to stroke, heart attack, heart failure or death."
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said, "Cases of Myocarditis and pericarditis have rarely been observed following receipt of COVID-19 vaccines used in the United States. Evidence from multiple monitoring systems in the United States and around the globe support a causal association between mRNA COVID-19 vaccines (i.e., Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech) and Myocarditis and pericarditis."
Citing a study, NBC News reported last month, "An overactive immune response to the mRNA COVID vaccines may be the culprit in rare cases of heart inflammation seen in some young men after they receive the shot."
On Thursday, Cabrera suddenly died while reportedly undergoing a stress test at a Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic health center. Dominican sports commentator Héctor Gómez said of Cabrera's sudden death on Instagram, "Basketball player Óscar Cabrera has just died of a heart attack while performing a stress test, at the age of 28."
Outkick reported, "During the test, a medical professional attaches electrodes to the patient's chest. These electrodes connect to a machine that records the electrical activity of the heart (ECG). By watching this screen, doctors can record the heartbeat while the patient exercises. But this stress test was too much for Cabrera, and it caused a heart attack."
Cabrera's death has sparked concerns about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines, particularly in young and healthy individuals. However, health experts have emphasized that the benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks and that cases of Myocarditis and pericarditis following vaccination are rare. The CDC recommends vaccinating everyone aged 12 years and older against COVID-19 to protect themselves and others from the virus.
Cabrera's death is a tragic loss for the basketball community, and his family and friends are mourning. The Cantbasket club, which Cabrera played for, expressed their condolences on Twitter, saying, "We are deeply saddened by the loss of Óscar Cabrera Adames, a great person and a great basketball player. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends."