This week’s Covid toll among musicians

This week’s Covid toll among musicians


norman lebrecht

March 15, 2021

The following artists have died of Covid-19:

234 LA mariachi musician Gabriel B Zavala, 76

235 Portuguese singer Maria José Valério, 87

236 Choreographer Jimmy Gamonet de los Heros, 63

237 Detroit jazz singer Jo Thompson, 92

238 Russian songwriter Lyudmila Lyadova, 96

239  Greek composer Takis Mousafiris

240 Czech songwriter Jan Vodňanský, 81

241 Italian dance king Raoul Casadei, 83

242 Bangladesh singer Jan-E-Alam, 65

243 Italian clarinetist Sandro Tognatti, 57

244 Classical DJ Bliss Michelson, 71

245 His wife, oboist Peggy Wiltrout, died two week earlier of Covid

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  • Gus says:

    Time to have two lists, those who died with Covid and a second with those who died after the vaccination.

    • Petros LInardos says:

      Can the vaccine cause blood clots?
      Vaccines have not been shown to cause blood clots, said Daniel Salmon, director of the Institute for Vaccine Safety at Johns Hopkins University.

      Blood clots are common in the general population, and health authorities suspect that the cases reported in vaccine recipients are most likely coincidental and not related to the vaccination.

      “There are a lot of causes of blood clotting, a lot of predisposing factors, and a lot of people who are at increased risk — and these are often also the people who are being vaccinated right now,” said Mark Slifka, a vaccine researcher at Oregon Health and Science University.

      From 300,000 to 600,000 people a year in the United States develop blood clots in their lungs or in veins in the legs or other parts of the body, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

      Based on that data, about 1,000 to 2,000 blood clots occur in the U.S. population every day, according to Dr. Stephan Moll, a hematologist and professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina.

      “The United States has 253 million adults,” Dr. Moll said. “So, if every day 2.3 million people in the United States get Covid-vaccinated, that means about 1 percent of the adult population gets vaccinated every day.”

      Calculating further, he said, roughly 1 percent of the 1,000 to 2,000 daily blood clots — 10 to 20 a day — would occur in the vaccinated patients just as part of the normal background rates, not related to the vaccine.

      “Only if epidemiological data show that that rate is higher, would one start to wonder about a causative relationship,” Dr. Moll said.

      • anon says:

        Fundamentally, the problem is that we do not have enough epidemiological data to be sure either way. All the COVID-19 vaccines have been rushed into general circulation under “emergency use” authorisations without waiting for the clinical trials to finish (for AstraZeneca, they are due to conclude in 2023) and without waiting for adequate longitudinal data (that is, without waiting to see if any adverse side-effects develop a few months or years down the line). As a young person with no underlying conditions, I think I prefer to take my chances against the disease itself rather than an experimental vaccine, but I understand that, for others, the balance of risk may be different.

  • Giuseppe Venatorini says:

    I would not list Sandro Tognatti among the artists died of Covid-19. He died AFTER one jab of AZ vaccine, but reportedly not because of it. The autopsy report, just out, says that he died of hearth attack, with no evident connection with the vaccine