Did legendary actor Morgan Freeman just die suddenly in the hospital from cancer?!
Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!
Updated @ 2023-10-03 : Added updated information.
Originally posted @ 2023-05-24
Claim : Morgan Freeman Just Died Suddenly From Cancer!
People are sharing YouTube and Facebook videos claiming that legendary singer Dolly Parton just died suddenly of a stroke, with titles like :
We Have Extreme Sad News For 85-year old Morgan Freeman As He Is Confirmed To Be… RIP
SUDDEN DEATH of terminal cancer! Morgan Freeman has left fans with great pain.
Funeral in Hollywood / Morgan Freeman Officially Dies at 85, Goodbye Legend
Heartbreaking Final Moments of Actor Morgan Freeman – Cause of Death is Hidden!
The Funeral Is In 3 Days / Actor Morgan Freeman
Funeral at the church, This will be the last time fans will see Morgan Freeman, Rest In Peace!
5 Minutes Ago / Died in the Hospital / Goodbye Morgan Freeman
5 mins ago / R.I.P. Legendary actor Morgan Freeman, Goodby Morgan Freeman
Died of natural cases, Hollywood pays tribute to actor Morgan Freeman
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Truth : Morgan Freeman Did NOT Die Suddenly From Cancer!
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 His 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 Morgan Freeman’s death.
Morgan Freeman is such a Hollywood legend, his death would have been covered globally by the media and celebrity blogs.
Yet, no legitimate media outlet, nor celebrity blog, has reported that Morgan Freeman died recently from any cause. Why should you believe no-name websites, or random YouTube / Facebook videos?
Fact #2 : Morgan Freeman Is Still Alive + Well!
Morgan Freeman (born June 1, 1937) is still very much alive and well, as of September 29, 2023, when he last posted on Instagram and Twitter about the documentary Life on Our Planet which he narrated!
On 2 August 2023, he even visited the Pentagon, to talk with US Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin, on his upcoming documentary about an all-Black tank unit that fought in Europe during World War II – the 761st Tank Battalion.
All those posts came many days to weeks after those YouTube and Facebook videos claimed that he died suddenly from cancer, or some other cause of death.
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Fact #3 : The Videos Provided No Evidence For His Death
To generate ad money, the videos must engage you long enough, so they come up with some story that Morgan Freeman was suffering from a “dangerous disease” or a “stroke” or “cancer”, and they drag out the video with details about Morgan Freeman’s life.
In any case, after watching the videos, you will realise that none of them offered any evidence that Morgan Freeman died from cancer or any disease.
That may anger you, but it doesn’t matter. They got you to watch the video, and generate 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 Edited Real Photos
To make their videos more convincing, these fake video creators add faces of celebrities like Chris Tucker and Will Smith to the fake Morgan Freeman funeral photos.
Take for example, this photo of Chris Tucker and Will Smith apparently carrying Morgan Freeman’s coffin. Not only do their heads look ridiculously large, their faces look much sharper and are more vibrant in colour than the rest of the photo.
That’s because the fake news creator use the funeral photo of Fairgrounds Holdings CEO Michael Montshiwa, who was murdered in Botswana in 2016. The fake news creator had to make the heads of Chris Tucker and Will Smith larger to cover up the faces of the real men in the real photo.
The fake news creator also added a framed photo of Morgan Freeman. In the real photo, you can see that the coffin does not have a framed photo hanging from the front.
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I should give special mention to this “terrifically photoshopped” photo, which shows Morgan Freeman smiling in his casket!
The fake news creator overlaid a photo of Morgan Freeman’s over the photo of the high chief of Ngardmau Palau, Beouch Sakaziro. The photo was taken by his children, and posted on Facebook and Wikipedia in 2011.
Fact #5 : Morgan Freeman Death Hoax Is Driven By Fake Fact Check Too
This Morgan Freeman death hoax, ironically, is also being driven by a fake fact check article by the MediaMass Project, which keeps “updating” the dates in their fake fact check article:
News of actor Morgan Freeman’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the October 2023 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the actor best known for his roles in Invictus, Bruce Almighty or Driving Miss Daisy is alive and well.
Their claim of a viral R.I.P. Morgan Freeman 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 Morgan Freeman’s unnamed reps confirming that he is not dead is exactly the same as statements from other celebrities whose reps MediaMass claimed were victims of death hoaxes, like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Barry Gibb, Bruce Willis, Clint Eastwood, Celine Dion, Cristiano Ronaldo, Dolly Parton, Harrison Ford, Justin Bieber, Lionel Messi, Lucy Liu, Madonna, Melanie Laurent, Oprah Winfrey, Robert Pattinson, Simon Cowell, Sylvester Stallone, Taylor Swift, Toby Keith, and Tom Hanks.
He joins the long list of celebrities who have been victimized by this hoax. He’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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