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Hamilton County Coroner: Report shows no tie between University of Cincinnati student's death and Johnson & Johnson vaccine

WKYC-TV Cleveland logo WKYC-TV Cleveland 4/16/2021 Dave "Dino" DeNatale

After days of speculation over the death of a University of Cincinnati college student that occurred just days after he received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, the coroner in Hamilton County reports there is no tie.

In a press conference on Friday, Hamilton County Coroner Lakshmi Sammarco stated that preliminary autopsy reports show that there is no direct connection to the death of John Foley on Sunday after receiving the vaccine on Saturday.

Sammarco stated that there has been misinformaton about blood clots and pulminary embolism. "We did not find any evidence of that, but we're still waiting for a lot of specialized tests," she added.

21-year-old John Francis Foley died this past Sunday. Cincinnati police responded to his off-campus housing after 9 p.m., but it is not clear if he died at home or at the hospital. 

"We have some additional findings on autopsy that are more likely his cause of death but we don't see a direct connection but we are investigating to see if there's an indirect connection," Sammarco said.

Federal and state health officials recommended a pause of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine earlier this week due to six cases of blood clots that have emerged. As of Tuesday, Approximately 6.8 million people have received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine in the U.S. 264,311 of those vaccinations were administered in Ohio.

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