Canadian healthcare provider Trillium Health Partners has issued a statement confirming that three of its doctors have passed away in rapid succession, but emphasizing that the deaths were in no way related to COVID-19 or the vaccination for the virus.
"It is with deep sadness that Trillium Health Partners mourns the loss of three of our physicians who recently passed away,” said a statement from Trillium sent to the Toronto Sun on Wednesday. “Dr. Jakub Sawicki, Dr. Stephen McKenzie and Dr. Lorne Segall were trusted colleagues who were committed to caring for their patients and community.”
Statements from both Trillium and the hospitals at which the doctors practiced emphasized that rumors connecting the deaths to COIVD-19 or its vaccination were "simply not true." North York General Hospital, which suffered the loss of a fourth doctor in the same brief time span, likewise stated that his death was "not related to COVID-19 or vaccinations of any kind."
Dr. Paul Hannam, who was the chief of emergency medicine and the program medical director at North York General Hospital, died of cardiac arrest at age 50 while out running on July 16.
According to CTV News, on July 17, Dr. Lorne Segall, a 49-year-old otolaryngologist at Credit Valley Hospital, passed away after a "ridiculously unfair and hard-fought year-long battle with advanced lung cancer."
On July 18, Dr. Stephen McKenzie, a neurologist who joined Trillium Health nearly 40 years ago, passed away after a long period of being "seriously ill." His practice had been permanently closed some time before his death.
Dr. Jakub Sawicki, a member of the Trillium Health surgical assistance team and medical director of pain medicine clinics in the region, passed away on July 21 of Stage 4 Gastric Cancer, Signet Ring Cell Adenocarcinoma, one of the most aggressive forms of stomach cancer.