FETHIYE, TURKEY — A 65-year-old actor, bodybuilder and former Mr. Universe is dead after proudly admitting his voluntary guinea pig status.
Mr. Michael Mitchell received his first experimental Sinovac Coronavac “inactivated virus” injection on February 22, according to his Facebook page. Coronavac is used pretty much everywhere (including Mexico and the Philippines) except the United States, Russia and Western Europe. He received the second injection on March 20. He reported no apparent adverse effects. But Mr. Mitchell and a friend immediately wondered if the China-made Coronavac injections would suffice for international travel.
Virtue signaling commences
Note that Mr. Mitchell’s entire Facebook page was scrubbed of all posts sometime this past weekend. Only one post remains – his wedding announcement from 2013. But the virtue signaling was very strong after the second injection. Mr. Mitchell posted an image of Charlie Brown on March 31 that said “Good grief, just wear the mask.”
He wrote on April 22 that COVID cases were up in Turkey because of “dimwits that don’t wear masks and social distance.”
Mr. Mitchell then re-posted an article about a doctor who allegedly died of COVID-19 after refusing the experimental injections.
He posted the proverbial “fully vaccinated” banner on his profile photo on May 2. His May 5 update responded to people telling him he should not have received the experimental injections. Mr. Mitchell posted disinformation, saying that only 0.005% of all recipients of experimental injections suffered adverse reactions.
Mr. Mitchell appeared to celebrate what he considered good news on June 2 – that the World Health Organization (WHO) apparently approved Sinovac as a legitimate “vaccine.”
The Sinovac approval was not enough to satisfy Mr. Mitchell. He announced on July 16 that he received a “third jab,” the experimental Pfizer mRNA injection. He also admitted being a guinea pig for pharmaceutical companies.
Five days later, he posted a lengthy update trying to justify his own behaviors and actions. He’d been wearing masks since last year to be “considerate to others for the common good.” Mr. Mitchell said, among other things, that wearing a mask isn’t a sign of weakness, but instead shows he is “caring and responsible.” Several of his friends agreed and commented accordingly.
The final sentence in the July 21 post reads, “P.S. I have had three vaccinations of different brands, so we may learn more about a way forward.”
Mr. Mitchell died the next day, Friday, July 22 in a marina cabin near his house boat. The marina manager checked on the actor after he was inside the cabin for an unusually long time. Mr. Mitchell was found unresponsive, lying on the floor.
Some media reports say it was “natural causes.” Others are saying heart attack. Mr. Mitchell was best known for his acting roles in the films “Gladiator,” “Braveheart,” and “City of Hell.” He also won several bodybuilding competitions. Deadline reported he is survived by his wife and “several”children.