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Author Julie Powell Dies From Heart Attack One Year After Tweeting How Covid-19 Kills “Some Of The Right People” And "Anti-Vaxxers/Maskers Are Dying In Legions"

By Nicole Dominique
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Julie Powell's death has raised questions among users on Twitter after the New York Times wrote an obituary for the author. Her husband, Eric Powell, says she died of cardiac arrest. Meanwhile, some believe her cause of death was truly because of Covid, and others speculate it was because of the vaccine.

On October 1, 2021, the 49-year-old writer responded to Monjula Ray's tweet that said: "Covid never kills the right people. Our rapey Justice will be just fine. Real tragedy," to which the Julie and Julia author responded, "I would argue that COVID does kill some of the right people. The anti-vaxxers/maskers are dying in legions. But yes. It’s a real shame about Kavanaugh." Then, on October 26, 2022, Powell died of a heart attack. 

In June, Powell talked about being vaccinated and boosted. She then asked her followers if it was still possible to get the virus. "So, as a vaccinated, boosted person, I've not been tested for Covid. Is it possible for me to be at this point? The Long Covid thing worries me, but also keep in mind that I'm a hypochondriac," she wrote.

Months after, Powell tweeted about the symptoms she was dealing with – which she alleged were from Covid-19 – including headaches, a possible fever, cough, and fatigue. But more recently, Powell had tweeted about waking up with black hairy tongue (BHT), a symptom that apparently is a rare side effect of coronavirus. "So I woke up with something that's literally Black Hairy Tongue. People, including my doctor, seem to think it's no big deal, and will go away soon, but it certainly is gross," Powell shared in early October. Unfortunately, it seems that Powell’s doctor had dismissed her symptoms. As these series of posts came to light, users on social media have begun questioning whether or not Powell truly died from a heart attack as previously reported.

People Are Speculating It Was Either the Vaccine or the Virus

The vaccine has also been associated with heart problems in the past, leading some to believe that Powell's death could be a result of something else other than the virus. According to one study, recipients of the vaccine are 25% more likely to suffer from cardiac arrest. And, in 2021, there was a report of a 22-year-old man from Korea who developed chest pain and died just five days after receiving the mRNA vaccine. At the same time, other studies cite that heart problems can also rise from just mild cases of Covid-19. Thus, the conflicting information has caused division on both sides.

"The death of food writer Julie Powell is tragic for so many reasons 1. She obviously held a lot of hatred to those who tried to question & warn about what’s going on. 2. Her “side” of media are not addressing the issue of increased heart issues in the jabbed. 3. Propaganda did this," added @AhraniLogan.

"So untrue it’s just the opposite the vaxxed and masked are dying in droves ! The vaccination is Covid!" says @DeniseB12585874

However, most people believe that Powell struggled with heart problems related to Covid. "We have no way of knowing exactly what caused Julie Powell’s cardiac arrest. However, we’ve known that SARS-CoV-2 infection can post-acute infection clinical sequelae—including severe cardiovascular injury—for more than two years. The CDC needs to be investigating these events," added @leahmcelrath.

One doctor speculates: "So, what you don't read in the NYT obit: beloved author Julie Powell had covid 6 weeks ago (she tweeted a bunch about it). There are countless men and women getting heart attacks, strokes, and blood clots following their infections. The covid public health disaster is infinite," says Dr. Parcak.

Who Is Julie Powell?

Powell is known for her biographical work, Julie and Julia, which was turned into a film starring Meryl Streep as Julia Child and Amy Adams, who played Powell herself. The book is about Powell challenging herself to cook recipes from Child's French cookbook in her small apartment in New York. Her last work, titled Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession, details her infidelity and her appreciation for sadomasochism.

The sudden announcement of the author's tragic demise has shocked many fans who admired Powell for her work and character. "Julie was recognized with an honorary degree from Le Cordon Bleu and her work received critical acclaim, including two James Beard Awards for magazine writing and a Quill Award for Debut Author of the Year. Julie was a gifted wordsmith with a razor sharp wit and a big, open heart," her obituary writes.  

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