Did legendary singer Dolly Parton just die suddenly in the hospital?!
Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : Dolly Parton Just Died Suddenly From A Stroke!
People are sharing YouTube and Facebook videos claiming that legendary singer Dolly Parton just died suddenly of a stroke, with titles like :
20 minutes ago / The family announced the sad news of Country singer Dolly Parton / Goodbye
30 minutes ago, Famous Singer Dolly Parton was found dead in the bathroom after suffering a stroke
7 minutes ago/ Dolly Parton passed away suddenly last night/ Goodbye actor Dolly Parton
10 Minutes Ago / Sad News / RIP Dolly Parton / Goodbye Dolly Parton
Minutes ago at Dolly Parton’s funeral, Blake Shelton: ‘I can’t believe she’s gone forever’
10 mins ago / With singer Dolly Parton’s tearful final goodbye, she is confirmed as..
5 Minutes Ago/Dolly Parton Is Currently On Life Support After Diagnosed With Dangerous Disease.
5 minutes ago / R.I.P. Singer Dolly Parton Died on the way to the hospital
With heavy hearts as we report sudden death of 76-year-old singer Dolly Parton, goodbye and rest.
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Truth : Dolly Parton Did NOT Die Suddenly From A Stroke!
This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created and propagated by people to generate income from page / video views and advertising, and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : No Legitimate Media Outlet Reported Her Death
These YouTube and Facebook videos have been circulating for months now, but people don’t seem to notice that no legitimate media has reported Dolly Parton’s death.
Dolly Parton is such a big celebrity, her death would have been covered globally by the media and celebrity blogs.
Yet, no legitimate media outlet, nor celebrity blog, has reported that Dolly Parton died recently from any cause. Why should you believe no-name websites, or random YouTube / Facebook videos?
Fact #2 : Dolly Parton Is Still Alive + Well!
Dolly Parton (born Dolly Rebecca Parton on May 13, 1946) is still very much alive and well, as of Wednesday, March 29, 2023, when she last posted on Instagram about the pre-order for ‘Rockstar’ box sets, vinyl and CDs.
And just the night before, she sang “World On Fire” at the 48th Academy of Country Music Awards! Look at just how alive she was!
All those posts came many days to weeks after those YouTube and Facebook videos claimed that she died suddenly from a stroke, or a “dangerous disease”.
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Fact #3 : The Videos Provided No Evidence For Her Death
To generate ad money, the videos must engage you long enough, so they come up with some story that Dolly Parton was suffering from a “dangerous disease” or a “stroke”, and they drag out the video with details about Dolly Parton’s life.
In any case, after watching the videos, you will realise that none of them offered any evidence that Dolly Parton died from a stroke or any dangerous disease.
That may anger you, but it doesn’t matter. They got you to watch the video, generating income for them. And they know that most people will not realise that, and forward the fake news to their family and friends!
Fact #4 : They Used Stock Photos
To make their videos more convincing, these fake video creators add faces of celebrities like Sylvester Stallone and Blake Shelton to the fake Dolly Parton funeral photos.
Take for example, this photo of Sylvester Stallone apparently leading the pallbearers carrying Dolly Parton’s coffin. Not only is Stallone smirking (odd for a funeral, isn’t it?), his head looks strange – it’s too large and you can see a second ear just right ear!
That’s because the fake news creator use the funeral photo from Dolores O’Riordan of the Cranberries that was taken on Sunday, January 21, 2018 by Getty photographer, Charles McQuillian, in her hometown of Limerick in Ireland.
The fake news creator had to make Sylvester Stallone’s head larger to cover up the face of the man in the real photo, but even so, was not able to cover up the man’s right ear completely.
The fake news creator also added a photo of Dolly Parton. In the real photo, you can see that the man was not holding anything.
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Fact #5 : Dolly Parton Death Hoax Is Driven By Fake Fact Check Too
This Dolly Parton death hoax, ironically, also bring driven by another fake fact check article by MediaMass Project.
News of singer Dolly Parton’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the May 2023 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the singer best known for hit songs like 9 to 5, I Will Always Love You or Jolene is alive and well.
Their claim of a viral R.I.P. Dolly Parton Facebook page is false. There is no such Facebook page. It is their standard fake fact check spiel for fake celebrity deaths.
The statement from Dolly Parton’s unnamed rep confirming that she is not dead is exactly the same as statements from other celebrities whose reps MediaMass claimed were victims of death hoaxes, like Celine Dion, Simon Cowell, Cristiano Ronaldo, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Justin Bieber, Harrison Ford, Sylvester Stallone, Tom Hanks, Lucy Liu, Clint Eastwood, and Melanie Laurent.
She joins the long list of celebrities who have been victimized by this hoax. She’s still alive and well, stop believing what you see on the Internet.
Hidden in the description page for the MediaMass Project is a disclaimer that they are a “satire” website. That’s the usual “cover” for websites peddling fake news.
Regardless of their reasons, anything posted by MediaMass.net must be considered as fake news, until proven otherwise.
Fact #6 : This Is Just Fake Celebrity News
This is yet another example of fake celebrity news created to generate page views and money through advertising, just like these examples:
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