Dead Children. No Explanation.
Is this the new normal? Updated 01/23/2022
Note to Readers: I continue to update this page with new cases. This is not a scientific method of determining how many children in the U.S. are dying suddenly without explanation. Rather, it should be viewed as a snapshot of news reports, found through simple Internet searches, which may reflect trends.
These reports may be able to augment the cases reported to the CDC’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).
I had intended to update this page weekly, but media reports of sudden unexplained deaths in children and teens appeared to slow down considerably in December. Interestingly, vaccination of children and teens also appears to have dropped off precipitously in December. I will have more to say about that encouraging development in an upcoming post.
I am not suggesting that the Covid-19 vaccine caused all these deaths. When the news media do not identify the cause of a sudden teen death, for example, it is possible that drug overdose or suicide are suspected. However, many adolescents and young adults are now required to receive the deadly Covid vaccine in order to attend school and/or participate in sports. Therefore, I feel an obligation not to assume that their sudden unexplained deaths resulted from their own dangerous choices when, in fact, they may be the result of dangerous choices being made for them by adults.
I will delete each one of these cases if and when the family or media confirm that Covid-19 vaccination was not a factor in the child’s death. So far, I have been able to delete one case — that of an 11-year-old girl who passed away in her sleep. Her mother contacted me to say that, while there was still no explanation for her child’s death, it definitely was not caused by the vaccine since her daughter was not vaccinated.
I could use your help. Please bookmark this page, then monitor your state and local news for reports of children and teens who die suddenly without explanation, and post links to those reports in the comments section.
The parameters are straightforward: I’m looking for cases of children and teens between the ages of 5 and 20 who appear to have been healthy, with no previously diagnosed serious underlying conditions, and who, since May 2021, have died suddenly of apparent heart failure, cancer, blood clots, strokes, or other causes.
Please also contact me immediately if and when you see that the Covid-19 vaccine has either been confirmed or ruled out as a factor in any one of the cases.
In the meantime, I am going to keep asking questions. I hope you will do the same.
Please share this page with everyone you know who may be interested.
“Jamestown Public Schools on Friday said the district was mourning the loss of a fifth grade student who attended Jefferson Middle School. The student died unexpectedly Thursday night, the district said in a message to parents.”
“The University of Connecticut mourns the loss of first-year student Chelsea Cunha, who passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 10. Cunha was from Trumbull, Connecticut.
The university expressed condolences in a statement made Thursday.
Cunha was admitted to UConn’s Honors program and the Neag Special Program in Education after graduating from Trumbull High School in June 2021. She aspired to be a math teacher, according to the statement from UConn.”
“NORTH WALES, Pennsylvania -- "We think Jayden is special. But to see that he's special to everybody else is really overwhelming," said Ashley Rodriguez. Ashley and her husband, Joshua, are mourning the loss of their only child, Jayden. The 13-year-old passed away suddenly on January 17, 2021.
“Jayden had a congenital heart condition that we didn't know he had," said Ashley. "He was a healthy, athletic boy and he just didn't wake up one morning."
“Not even two weeks since celebrating his 17th birthday, a Hillsborough High School student has died, school officials confirm.
The student had recently celebrated his birthday on Dec. 29, 2021. He died unexpectedly on Tuesday, Jan. 11, at 2:15 p.m., according to one of two GoFundMe fundraising sites set up for his family.”
“A student at Michigan State University died on campus Tuesday night.
According to officials with the school, the student died at Shaw Hall. There is no current threat to the community, the school said.”
“The community of Chanute is in shock after Chanute High School senior Nathan Cunningham passed away in his sleep Saturday morning. Nathan leaves behind his parents, Steve and Sarah, as well as a brother, Noah, who graduated in 2021.”
“It’s with much regret and a heavy heart that I’m writing this afternoon. First Flight High School senior Ryker Clark passed away last evening. Ryker was a friend to many and will be missed greatly. Please keep Ryker and his family in your thoughts and prayers. (Ryker’s mom has provided us with permission to share this tragic news).”
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“A double-vaxxed 13-year-old New Jersey boy died on Jan. 4 of what his family said was unexplained sudden cardiac arrest.
Jack O’Drain was a thin, healthy middle school student who, according to a social media post by his father Trent, suffered an “unexplainable” cardiac arrest on New Year’s Eve while playing with his friends. He was rushed to Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia before being put on life support and passed away on Jan. 4.
On June 6 last year, Jack’s mother Jennifer O’Drain posted a photo on her Facebook page after Jack had received his second dose of the Covid vaccine.”
“Sophomore Ruth Aklilu passed away on the morning of Jan. 4, 2022, per a Jan. 5 email from Dean of Students G.L. Black.”
“WYOMING, Ohio — Wyoming High School athletic director Jan Wilking will not soon forget Beau Thomas' smile.
"It would light up a room when he walked in it," Wilking said. "He flashed that smile a lot whether it was in the cafeteria or the front office or the football field or the track. He was certainly a great athlete but certainly a whole lot more to that young man than just being a great athlete, but when you say his name probably to a person they'll say what a great smile."
Wyoming City Schools announced Sunday they are mourning the death of Thomas, a former Kentucky Wesleyan College football player and 2021 Wyoming High School graduate. Thomas was 18. The cause of death was not announced.”
“A Royal Palm Beach middle school student found dead in a retention pond Christmas night may have suffered a medical episode before entering the water and drowning wasn't a factor, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said Monday night.
Vensly Maxime, 14, of Royal Palm Beach, was founded deceased just before 5 p.m. Saturday near the Royal Palm Beach Recreation Center at the intersection of Sparrow Drive and Sweet Bay Lane. Palm Beach County School District police posted on Twitter he was last seen there Wednesday afternoon.”
No information available re: death of Shawn Clothier.
“The coroner's office has released the identity and cause of death of a Legacy High School freshman who died suddenly after a June athletic practice.
The official report identified 13-year-old Chino Yelum Cajetan Nsofor of North Las Vegas as the student who died due to cardiac dysrhythmia on June 28, 2021.”
“A West Virginia University student died off campus on Friday, Executive Director of Communications April Kaull confirmed to The Daily Athenaeum in an email.
Kaull said the University had been notified of the death and that it occurred earlier Friday.
“We are devastated by this loss, and we are grieving today,” Dean of Students Corey Farris said. “We have been in touch with the student’s family and friends to offer our support, and we will continue to provide whatever resources and help are necessary. We respect their need for privacy during this difficult time, especially going into the holiday season.”
The name of the student or the cause of death was not shared.”
“TOWSON, Md. (WBFF) - — A Towson University student has died after being found unresponsive in his room Tuesday afternoon.
The university identified the student as 18-year-old Merbin Andres "Dre" Carattini.
The university said Baltimore County police are investigating and there was no threat to the campus at any time.”
“CINCINNATI (WXIX) - The Anderson community is mourning the loss of a student believed to have died in her sleep.
Skylar Due’s friends and family remember her for her courage, her laughter and her strength.
“She was really just easily one of my favorite people to be around, and she was always just unapologetically herself,” said friend Melina Armentrout.
Due died in her sleep Friday night at 18 years old. Her mother says they still don’t know why it happened.”
“DUBLIN, Va. – It was a tearful night at Randolph Park Saturday as the Pulaski County community honored a 5-year-old who passed away too soon.
Community members could be seen lighting candles one by one, but those candles will never match the brightness of 5-year-old Auston Wingo.
“His big smile, that’s what’s going to mean a lot to us,” Julie Hudson, Wingo’s cousin, said. “I’m going to cherish his smile for the rest of my life.”
On Monday, Wingo was found unresponsive after swimming at the Pulaski YMCA and died later that night at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.”
“ANDERSON, Ohio (WXIX) - Forest Hills School District Superintendent Scot Prebles announced the passing of a senior at Anderson High School.
The school announced Brock Vogel passed away early Tuesday morning.
The cause of Vogel’s death is under investigation.
Vogel attended Forest Hills Schools throughout his childhood, Prebles said. He was on the wrestling and football team.”
“Skyline College has announced that a former student passed away on the school’s campus Monday evening.
“It is with a heavy heart that I share the death of a former student on campus last night and our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends,” Skyline President Dr. Melissa Moreno announced in an email to the community on Tuesday afternoon.
Moreno added that no criminal activity was found surrounding the incident.
The situation is currently under active investigation by the San Mateo County Coroner and there is no further information at this time.”
“This Thanksgiving holiday was difficult for the family and friends of 13 year old London Seely.
The Salt Lake City girl passed away eight days ago at Primary Children's Hospital.
It has left her family grieving, her friends at Clayton Middle School in mourning, and doctors wondering what took her life.
"She was always just extremely happy and healthy, and runnin' and playing with her friends, and I mean, I would never have expected anything at all like this," London's father Brook Seely told FOX 13…
She'd had COVID weeks earlier.
At first, doctors thought it might be bacterial meningitis, and then, MISC, multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children, which afflicts some after recovering from COVID. But all the tests came back negative.”
“An Ada teen was found near death while hunting Saturday morning, and was later pronounced deceased at a local hospital.
Officials are not yet sure of how the teen passed away, and haven't ruled out a medical cause….
“(McGill) said when he arrived, (Brown) was on the ground and EMS was working on him," Hudson said "(McGill) said (Brown) was in full cardiac arrest, and would be transported to Mercy.
“A Bowling Green State University student reportedly died of natural causes in a residence hall on Friday.
“I am deeply saddened to share that student Katrina Carrico of Galena, Ohio, passed away unexpectedly late last night in her residence hall room. While the final cause of death is still being determined, early indicators point to natural causes,” President Rodney Rogers said in a campus community email on Saturday.”
“Members of a stunned and heartbroken community wrapped their collective hearts around a grieving Dumont family Sunday while trying to wrap their minds around the sudden death of a 14-year-old boy who collapsed while playing basketball.
Aaron Vasquez, who hoped to someday become a major league baseball player or coach, had finished practicing with his recreational league team on Saturday when he decided to stick around Grant Elementary School to play ball with his younger brother, other parents said.
A short time later he collapsed, they said…”
“Amari King Churchwell was small but mighty.
“His aspirations were just huge,” said his father, Kenneth Churchwell.
Amari went home sick from school on Monday, November 8, and died later that day.
Kenneth says Amari’s elementary school reported he’d gotten sick in the nurse’s office, so he went to pick his son up.
“I just kind of asked him how are you feeling, he was like ‘I don’t know, I don’t know what happened,'” Kenneth said.
The situation deteriorated suddenly after Kenneth got home with Amari. He says he was helping his son change out of his shirt when he felt Amari’s legs go limp.
“His head just kind of fell back and his eyes rolled back, and then I knew right away something was wrong,” Kenneth said.
Kenneth told FOX 12 that he rushed Amari, who was nearly unresponsive, to the closest hospital. Doctors told the family it appears that Amari had a seizure, and CT scans later revealed the boy had a large mass near his brain stem, causing his brain to swell.
“No signs of headaches, no signs of illness, nothing,” Dawn said. “They said no surgery could bring him back.””
“A 15-year-old boy in New York unexpectedly died Wednesday after collapsing during a high school basketball tryout, a teen who was seemingly in good health, his heartbroken parents say.
Carmyne Payton, a sophomore at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School on Long Island, collapsed while sprinting, according to a report from NBC New York.
“He was at the second day for tryouts,” Payton's father, Arthur Payton, told the outlet. “I had just spoken to him. He was very excited. I told him to call me when he got out.””
“A North Little Rock police officer who has been lauded across social media for his efforts in helping the community is now getting overwhelming support from around the world after a tragic loss.
On Thursday, Ofc. Tommy Norman posted the heartbreaking news that his daughter, Alyssa Norman, had died the previous day.”
“Northern State University officials say a student died unexpectedly on Wednesday.
Caden Moore, of O’Neill, Nebraska, was a senior studying special education and an NSU wrestler, according to a news release.”
“Norwich Free Academy (NFA) will be offering counseling for the school community and adjusting the school schedule next week after the sudden death of a student on Wednesday. This is the second significant loss within the NFA community this year.
In a message to parents/guardians Thursday, Superintendent Dr. Brian M. Kelly reported, “The NFA community suffered a tragic loss last night with the unexpected passing of one of our students.”
“Justine Marie Elizabeth Gross of Summit, NJ, passed away tragically on Wednesday, November 10, 2021, at the age of 19. Justine was born on June 11, 2002, to Francoise Owarish-Gross and Jawanza Gross. She grew up in Summit with her parents, older sister Jasmine Owarish-Gross, and younger brother, Joseph Gross.”
An Ypsilanti Community Schools student has died after experiencing a medical emergency during basketball tryouts, the district revealed. Jaylen Mitchell, a YCHS Stemm Middle College senior, was taken to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital after suffering a medical emergency during the tryout, school officials said. He died Monday night (Nov. 15), according to the school release.
“Marshall Public Schools notified families that a fourth-grade student died Sunday.
An email message sent to families in the district said the student had health complications, but the student’s death was not related to COVID-19. MPS Superintendent Jeremy Williams said Monday that crisis team members would be on hand to support students who needed it.
“It is with great sorrow we have learned that on Nov. 14, 2021, a fourth-grade student at Southview Elementary passed away as a result of health complications,” Williams said in the message to families. The message did not identify the student.
At this point the student’s family has not released an official cause of death, Williams said. However, he said information the school district had received from the family indicated it was not COVID-related.”
“A 19-year-old man died at his fraternity house in St. Paul last week, with authorities awaiting the results of an autopsy to determine his cause of death.
Karson Kent Janssen died at the Alpha Gamma Rho house last Thursday, Nov. 11, with the fraternity's Lambda Chapter sharing a link to his obituary, and describing him as a "tremendous friend, son, brother, and AGR man."
St. Paul Police Department says that his death is currently an open investigation until the results of an autopsy are in, but they say there is no sign of foul play.
A relative of Janssen's on Facebook said that he died from an "undetected medical condition," though again this has yet to be confirmed.
"Still trying to comprehend how a perfect 19 year old can be gone in an instant from this Earth," the same relative posted. "He will be within us forever. The world lost a bright light."”
“The Norcross football program is mourning the loss of a widely respected player.
Junior Isaiah Banks died Monday from a non-football-related medical issue while at home, and his teammates heard the news that day. Banks, a reserve offensive lineman, spent his first two years of high school at Paul Duke STEM High School, but joined Norcross this year so he could play football (Paul Duke doesn’t offer football).”
“Wednesday was a somber day at Lugoff-Elgin Middle School with not everyone present.
Some students and staff are taking time to grieve and heal after learning the news that Wilma Guzman-Perez, an eighth grader, unexpectedly died over the weekend.
She was from Kershaw county, but the Richland county coroner's office confirms she died there.”
Note from Darby: The GoFundMe page for this child’s funeral expenses states that she showed no signs of any illness and that she died suddenly due to what sounds, from the description, like acute leukemia. I spoke to the coronor’s office. They could not give me any details of this particular case, due to privacy restrictions, but confirmed that acute leukemia in children is very rare. The cause is unknown.
“An autopsy found that a 15-year-old Georgia high school football player died from an “abnormal heart rhythm” and not heat-related illness.
Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones says an autopsy by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation found Joshua Ivory Jr. died July 26 of cardiac dysrhythmia which triggered “sudden cardiac arrest.”
The 15-year-old collapsed on the first day of fall football practice at Macon’s Southwest High School.
Ivory died in a hospital emergency room.”
“Houston's playoff game Friday night has been postponed after the death of sophomore defensive lineman Jamarcus Hall...
The cause of death was not immediately clear.
"We're all just in shock right now and saddened by the loss," Houston football coach Baylor Dampeer said.”
“The high school soccer manager ‘greatly enjoyed’ his team’s championship victory Saturday. Later that evening, he was dead.
Now, late student Blake Barklage’s high school is mourning his untimely death. As 6ABC in Philly reports, the tragedy occurred at La Salle College High School in Montgomery County, Pa.
In a letter to parents, the school announced that the senior died after ‘a sudden cardiac incident’ Saturday night.
No other information about his health, including his COVID-19 vaccination status, was made public. His exact age wasn’t immediately reported.”
“PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A moment of silence was held at the Chartiers Valley football game on Friday night in memory of Jayson Kidd.
Kidd is the 7th grader who collapsed and died during a basketball practice earlier this week.
The Medical Examiner says he had a rare condition that restricts blood flow to the heart.”
“A memorial and fundraiser was held Saturday for a 13-year-old San Diego County student who died suddenly after collapsing and fainting in physical education class.
Marco Antonio Benitez, an eighth grader who attended Madison Middle School in Oceanside, fell ill on the school’s campus last Friday, the Vista Unified School District stated Monday in a letter sent out to the community. He was transported to a local hospital where he later died.
His mother confirmed to FOX 5 via Facebook that Benitez was a healthy teen.”
“A Montgomery County family is mourning the death of an 11-year-old boy after a sudden medical emergency at Farmland Elementary School on Monday.
A Maryland boy — a fifth grader at the Rockville school — died Monday after falling ill and collapsing in a classroom, according to school officials. The school was under a brief shelter in place while first responders made their way to the classroom.
The boy’s mother said he had been complaining of chest and throat pain for nearly a month, but she was unable to take him for treatment due to medical costs, according to WTOP’s news partners at NBC Washington. His family lives in a county shelter.”
“Helping a neighbor in need is a Yankee tradition, especially in small towns in rural New Hampshire. For an army of caring residents of Gilmanton, it was impossible to ignore the tragedy and grief of Fawn Kutuk, a neighbor and mother immersed in unspeakable loss for the second time around.
Three years ago, she lost her husband, Baha, who died suddenly at age 37 from a degenerative heart disease while chain sawing a tree in their yard. Just over two weeks ago, their son, Aydin, 16, collapsed while playing tag at a friend’s birthday party. CPR, electroshock and medication could not revive him on the scene or after an ambulance brought him to Concord Hospital – Laconia. He was pronounced dead from a sudden cardiac event.”
“A student who was taken to an area hospital after he was found unresponsive last week on the Atchison High School track has died, according to KAIR Radio.
The student, Rocky Delfs, died Wednesday morning, according to Renee Scott, Atchison Unified School District 409 superintendent.
Delfs was a sophomore at Atchison High School.
Scott confirmed to KAIR that Delfs was the student who was found unresponsive by a staff member after the school day had ended Aug. 26 on the Atchison High School track.”
“MEMPHIS — A 16-year-old high school football player is dead; and mainstream media are doing their best to blame “COVID-19.”
Mr. Azorean Tatum returned to Westwood High School in Memphis, Tennessee for his junior year on Monday, August 9 – the first day of school. Four days later, Friday, August 13, Azorean, who goes by “Zo,” suddenly collapsed at school. He called his mom, crying and barely able to breath. Azorean told her something was seriously wrong. He couldn’t stand up or walk on his own. Paramedics rushed him to Baptist Children’s Hospital.”
“Dutch Fork High School football player Jack Alkhati’s cause of death has remained questionable after he shockingly passed away on Tuesday ( August 24, 2021) at the young age of 17. May he rest in power.
Officials identified the Dutch Fork High School football player who lost his life Tuesday after collapsing at practice as 17-year-old Jack Alkhatib of Irmo.”
The daughter of a high school soccer coach died during a practice with her club team on Tuesday.
Moira Claire Arney, 15, was about to start her sophomore year at McAllen High School, located about 150 miles south of Corpus Christi near the U.S.-Mexico border, school principal Albert Canales said in a statement. School starts Aug. 23 for McAllen Independent School District.
…Further details about the nature of her death were not made public. The club is not affiliated with the RGV FC Toros.
“It has come to our attention that a young lady collapsed yesterday at soccer practice while training with the Toros Academy, and later passed,” RGV FC Toros said in a statement, according to MyRGVNews. “Our hearts go out to her family, friends, and loved ones during this difficult time, and we join them in mourning their great loss.”
“A Virginia Union University football player died after he collapsed during practice on Sunday, officials said.
Quandarius Wilburn, 19, of Georgia, was participating in the football team's pre-season conditioning on Hovey Field when he collapsed, university President Hakim J. Lucas wrote in a letter, according to NBC affiliate WWBT of Richmond. Wilburn was taken to Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, where he later died.”
“Gabriel R. Sabelko, age 16, of Eau Galle, died peacefully and unexpectedly in his sleep on Wednesday, August 4, 2021, at his home.”
“Little Rock Central High School football team announced the death of teammate senior, Devon DuHart on Saturday, July 24.
He had been a running back for the Tigers.
The 16-year-old was found dead inside his home from having a seizure in his sleep, according to his family.
He had been complaining about his health after practice last week and was taken to the hospital Thursday. He was released but was found Friday morning.”
“Philadelphia's West Catholic High School community is in shock over the devastating loss of one of their star football players on Tuesday night.
What's also concerning is the mysterious circumstances surrounding his sudden death just minutes before a high school football game in Coatesville, Chester County.”
“Family and friends mourn the death of 17-year-old Landon Lucas after his sudden death on June 21st.
Described by many as a “pure soul,” Randon started his fourth year at Canyon High School in the fall and was planning to return to his swimming team when he was in his tenth year, says his mother Kelly. Lucas…
On the afternoon of his death, Landon told his mother that he felt sick and his heart felt “fluttering a little,” but Kelly said otherwise it was okay.
“He goes to the doctor every year (and) had a clean health bill,” Kelly added. Landon lay down in his room and after a few hours he was found to be unresponsive.”
“ZILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN — A 13-year-old boy who loved Pokémon and playing video games is dead in yet another tragic, unnecessary death.
Young Jacob Clynick received his first experimental Pfizer mRNA injection on May 23. He received the second injection on June 13. His aunt, Tami Burages, posted a photo of Jacob’s vaccine card on Twitter. Jacob died just three days after the second injection.”
“June 7, 2021 Started off like any other day on vacation at the beach for the Johnson family but unfortunately it did not end that way. Josh Johnson woke up to go on a fishing trip early that morning with his dad, and three others. Hours into the trip, Josh at just 16 years old collapsed and was unable to be brought back to life.”
“Tyler Trudell was a boy disproportionately engaged by Little League for more than half of his 13 years…
A week ago, Tyler’s mom, Lynn, and dad, Steve, wished their “normal and healthy” 13-year-old son “good night” as he went off to bed.
The weekend meant another full schedule of practice and games — among other young teen boy activities.
But Tyler never woke up.
He was found last Thursday morning in bed by his mom.
There has been no official cause of death provided.”
“WAUNAKEE, WISCONSIN — A 16-year-old girl is dead and the powers-that-be are frantically scrubbing the internet of all facts surrounding her death.
Ms. Kamrynn Soleil Thomas received the first experimental Pfizer mRNA shot on March 19. The details are quite scary from there. She suffered from hemodynamic collapse (or circulatory collapse) at her home on March 28. That means she lost consciousness because blood pressure dropped so low that the circulatory system wasn’t delivering adequate oxygen to her cells. Anaphylaxis, or severe allergic reaction, is a known cause of circulatory collapse.”
Similar headlines are appearing in the United Kingdom. Here is a sampling: