Professional Dominican basketball player Óscar Cabrera Adames died this week after an apparent heart attack while he was possibly undergoing a stress test.
According to a social media post from Dominican sports commentator Héctor Gómez, the 28-year-old’s stress test was being performed at a health center in Santo Domingo.
Cabrera Adames is believed to have suffered from myocarditis. The disease can weaken the heart and its electrical system, which decreases the heart’s ability to pump blood, according to the American Heart Association.
He also said the vaccine was a work requirement.
“But guess what? It was compulsory or I couldn’t work. I am an international professional athlete and I am playing in Spain. I have no health problem, nothing, not hereditary, no asthma, NOTHING! I suddenly collapsed to the ground in the middle of a match and almost died. I’m still recovering and I’ve had 11 different cardiology tests done and guess? They find nothing.”
3D illustration concept of the human circulatory system and heart anatomy (iStock)
Cabrera Adames’s collapse happened during a 2021 Spanish Amateur Basketball League game. He fainted during the game and was later transported to a hospital on a stretcher.
Cabrera Adames played basketball at Daytona State College in Florida. In 2016, he was one of 12 men arrested by St. Johns County Sheriff’s deputies for allegedly attempting to have sex with a minor.
The undercover sting was formed to catch individuals who intended to use the internet as a tool to find children to sexually exploit, law enforcement said at the time.