But shortly after the announcement, posts began to appear on Facebook claiming that Kruger died shortly after receiving a vaccine against Covid-19. The most common version of this claim is an image with a photo of Kruger and the words: “DOOD NA COVID INSPUITING… 3 DAE.”
This is Afrikaans for: “Dead after Covid injection… 3 days”.
But this is false. Kruger’s death has been attributed to Covid-19 complications. And a fellow Binnelanders cast member has said Kruger never received a Covid-19 vaccine.
Claims called ‘propaganda’ by Kruger’s co-star
“Ben Kruger is NIE oorlede a.g.v ‘n inenting teen COVID nie,” Geldenhuys wrote. “Hy het nooit so inenting ontvang nie.”
This roughly translates as: “Ben Kruger did NOT die following a vaccine against Covid. He never received such a vaccine.”
Geldenhuys went on to say that Kruger did not deserve to have his death used as “propaganda”, and repeated that, as reported elsewhere, Kruger had died of Covid-19 complications.
Kruger is not the first well-known figure whose death has been falsely linked to a Covid-19 vaccine. Africa Check recently debunked a claim that several celebrities had died shortly after vaccination. They included the rapper known as DMX, who does not seem to have received the vaccine.
Covid-19 vaccines have undergone strict trials to ensure that they are safe, and effective at preventing Covid-19.
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