Did Clint Eastwood just die suddenly on the way to the hospital?!
Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!
Updated @ 2023-10-20 : Updated with a video, new versions + details
Originally posted @ 2023-05-08
Claim : Clint Eastwood Died Suddenly From Cancer / Ligma Virus!
People are sharing YouTube videos and articles claiming that Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood just died suddenly in the hospital from a Ligma virus infection, with titles like :
5 Minutes Ago / Clint Eastwood Died On The Way To The Hospital / Goodbye Clint Eastwood
Stopped Breathing 10 minutes ago / Legendary Clint Eastwood dies in hospital…
10 Minutes Ago / Sad News / RIP Clint Eastwood / Goodbye Clint Eastwood
SUDDEN DEATH of terminal cancer! American Actor Clint Eastwood has left fans with great pain.
5 Minutes Ago/ Hollywood Sends Condolences To His Family / We Report Sad News About Clint Eastwood..
Clint Eastwood’s funeral took place, millions of fans were present and in tears.
Clint Eastwood Funeral😭 As of Sources Clint Eastwood is no More
Funeral in Hollywood / Clint Eastwood Officially Dies at 92, Goodbye Legend
25 minutes ago / we send our condolences to the family of Clint Eastwood, goodbye Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood On Life Support After The Deadly Ligma Virus Spreads Through His Body
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Truth : Clint Eastwood Did Not Die On The Way To Hospital!
This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created and propagated by people to generate income from page views and YouTube advertising, and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : Clint Eastwood Is Still Alive!
Clint Eastwood (born Clinton Eastwood Jr. on May 31, 1930) is still alive as of August 31, 2023.
He had not been sighted in public for over 550 days now, but celebrated his 93rd birthday on May 31, 2023. He also began filming his last movie, Juror No. 2, with Nicholas Hoult and Toni Collette in June 2023.
Fact #2 : No Legitimate Media Outlet Reported His Death
These YouTube videos and articles have been circulating for weeks and months, but people don’t seem to notice that no legitimate media has reported his death!
Clint Eastwood may not have been in the public eye for some time now, but he remains a Hollywood legend, not only as an actor but also as a filmmaker.
If he was really hospitalised for a viral infection, or even a fall, it would have been reported by both mainstream media, as well as celebrity blogs.
Yet, no legitimate media outlet or even a celebrity blog reported that Clint Eastwood was hospitalised, much less died from a viral infection. That’s because it never happened!
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Fact #3 : Ligma Virus Does Not Exist
It is impossible for Clint Eastwood to die from a Ligma virus infection, because there is no such virus!
The Ligma virus was created in a 2018 Internet hoax, which claimed that Fortnite game streamer, Tyler “Ninja” Blevins died from it. The fake Ligma virus was simply resurrected and used in the Clint Eastwood death hoax.
Fact #4 : Clint Eastwood Death Photos Were Edited
I analysed the photos used in these videos, and traced the origin of two examples used in many of these videos.
In this example, the fake news creator edited a photo of pallbearers leaving St. Mary Parish after a funeral for two siblings – 7 year-old Sean Munroe, and 8 year-old Lexi Munroe, who died after getting trapped in a wooden hope chest.
The funeral was not only far away in Franklin, Massachusetts, it occurred on January 20, 2014 – many years ago.
To make you think it was Clint Eastwood in that casket, the fake news creator simply added a large, floating picture in front of the man in the front.
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This photo does not show Clint Eastwood dying in the hospital from the Ligma virus. It is really a photo of Ahmet Dobran, an 82 year-old cancer patient who was attacked and robbed by three men.
That violent attack broke his back in three places, and Mr. Dobran died in the hospital five months later, after drifting in and out of a coma.
Not only did this incident happen far away in East London, this photo was taken a few years ago, in January 2018.
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And this photo does not show Clint Eastwood’s funeral procession. It was actually taken many years ago – on 5 October 2017, at the funeral procession for Irish actor Marc O’Shea in Northern Ireland.
Fact #5 : Clint Eastwood Death Hoax Is Driven By Fake Fact Check Too
This Clint Eastwood death hoax is, ironically, 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 Clint Eastwood’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 the movie Invictus and best known for his roles in Dirty Harry or A Fistful of Dollars is alive and well.
Their claim of a viral R.I.P. Clint Eastwood 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 Clint Eastwood’s unnamed rep confirming that he is not dead is exactly the same as statements from other reps of celebrities MediaMass claimed were victims of death hoaxes, like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Barry Gibb, Bruce Willis, Celine Dion, Cristiano Ronaldo, Dolly Parton, Harrison Ford, Justin Bieber, Lionel Messi, Lucy Liu, Madonna, Melanie Laurent, Morgan Freeman, 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.
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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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- Did Simon Cowell Just Die Suddenly In A Car Crash?!
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