A preposterous NFL conspiracy alleging Damar Hamlin is dead and his clone has taken over is being ridiculed by fans as it goes viral on TikTok, Twitter, and other social media sites.
Social media users’ conspiracy beliefs have become crazier than before. There have been rumors that Avril Lavigne is dead and that her impersonator has been performing alongside ideas that Britney Spears is not real.
As weird as these sound, another one has emerged. A rumor has led many to believe that Damar is deceased and that they have been witnessing his imposter.
Who is Damar Hamlin?
Damar Romeyelle Hamlin is a safety for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League. He was born on March 24, 1998. He played college football at the University of Pittsburgh. In the sixth round of the 2021 NFL Draft, the Bills picked him. Hamlin spent most of his first year as a driver as a backup. When Micah Hyde got hurt in 2022 and had to miss the rest of the season, Hamlin took over as the starter.
On January 2, 2023, Hamlin had a heart attack after making a tackle during a Monday Night Football game.
He was quickly given CPR and an automated external defibrillator (AED) before he was rushed to a nearby hospital in critical condition.
Hamlin was moved to a Buffalo hospital after he showed clear signs of getting better. Nine days after the accident, he was sent home to recover.
What Happened to Damar Hamlin?
It all began when Bengals player Tee Higgins was tackled by Hamlin. Hamlin was struck in the chest, and it was feared that “Commotio Cordis” contributed to his cardiac arrest. This is a rare circumstance in which chest wall damage can cause a life-threatening cardiac arrhythmia.
During the 20 milliseconds or so that the heart relaxes in preparation for the next contraction, it is susceptible to this. Hamlin received immediate CPR on the field. He was treated at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center after being taken there.
Did Hamlin Survive a Heart Arrest?
Hamlin suffered heart arrest on January 2 after tackling Cincinnati Bengals receiver Tee Higgins. When the heart abruptly loses its regular beat and stops pumping blood, cardiac arrest ensues.
But according to the claim in the piece, Hamlin did not pass away. He was treated at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center after being revived on the field. Three days later, on January 5, his treating physicians held a news conference and announced that Hamlin had made a “remarkable recovery.” The following day, on January 9, he was transported to the Buffalo General Medical Center and released two days later.
Additionally, Hamlin has made appearances since the incident. On January 8, he tweeted a selfie of himself in the hospital, and on the same day, he Facetimed Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders and uploaded an Instagram shot to his account on January 22.
The post’s suggestion that Hamlin’s appearance at an NFL playoff game on January 22 was manufactured by a separate person is also false. The report was contradicted by Hamlin’s colleague, Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen, in an interview with ESPN host Kyle Brandt on Brandt’s podcast on January 24.
Has Damar Harlin Dead Now?
A Jan. 23 Facebook post (direct link, archived link) proposes a widely circulated conspiracy theory regarding BuBill’s Bills athlete Damar Hamlin.
“Damar Hamlin is deceased, folks,” the post states. “Because he died on national television, they cannot afford for this to be made public. He essentially dropped dead like a fly, which was not amusing.”
The post received more than 70 shares in less than a week. Similar accusations have been widely disseminated on Facebook, Twitter, and elsewhere, especially among conspiracy theorists like QAnon supporters and far-right radio personality Stew Peters.
Harlin is not dead and he is happily living his life.