Did Michael J. Fox just die suddenly in a hospital from COVID-19 pneumonia?!
Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : Michael J. Fox Died Suddenly From COVID-19!
People are sharing YouTube and Facebook videos claiming that Michael J. Fox died in a hospital from COVID-19 pneumonia, with titles like :
5 minutes ago : Hollywood reports sad news about actor Michael J. Fox, before a tearful farewell.
Michael J. Fox Passed Away Expected Soon Extremely Unlikely To Survive. Doctors Given Up.
Michael J. Fox Wife Tracy Is Currently On His Deathbed And Family Asking For Prayers
We are saddened to announce the critical health condition of actor Michael J. Fox
R.I.P. Michael J. Fox
Sad News, Michael J. Fox Passed Away Expected Soon Family Prepared To Say Goodbye!
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Truth : Michael J. Fox Did Not Die From COVID-19!
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 : Michael J. Fox Is Still Alive + Well!
Michael J. Fox (born Michael Andrew Fox on June 9, 1961) is very much alive and well. He last tweeted on January 26, and shared an Instagram photo on February 15.
He also appeared at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday, January 20, at the premiere of a new documentary about his life, career and work as a public advocate for Parkinson’s research.
As many of us know, Michael J. Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991 – a fact which he disclosed only in 1998. Despite his worsening symptoms, he continued to act until he was forced to retire in 2020.
But the most recent sighting of Fox was on February 19, 2023, when Lea Thompson posted a photo of her Back to the Future co-stars – Christopher Lloyd, Michael J. Fox, and Thomas F. Wilson , taken at Fan Expo Portland.
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Fact #2 : No Legitimate Media Outlet Reported His Death
These YouTube videos have been circulating for weeks and months, but people don’t seem to notice that no legitimate media has reported his death.
Even though Michael J. Fox has been out of the limelight since his 2020 retirement, he is still a celebrity, and the media regularly reports on his activities.
Just a week ago, TODAY wrote an article on his twin daughter’s birthday, based on nothing more than an Instagram photo he posted on February 15, 2023!
If Michael J. Fox really did die, whether from COVID-19 pneumonia or a car accident, the worldwide media would have reported on it.
No legitimate media outlet reported that Michael J. Fox died in a hospital from any cause. Only a bunch of small-time YouTube and Facebook channels.
Fact #3 : COVID-19 Patient Photos Were Not Of Michael J. Fox
The fake video creators used photos of COVID-19 patients to convey the perception that Michael J. Fox died from COVID-19 pneumonia.
This photo, for example, does not show Michael J. Fox being intubated for COVID-19 pneumonia, but is a stock photograph by Kiryl Lis, called “Intubated adult white man under ventilator lying in coma in intensive care department. Patient in critical state.”
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This photo is a screenshot from a CBS8 video showing a COVID-19 patient being transported in a hospital. It appears to have been recorded on September 23, 2021.
Again, that is not Michael J. Fox on that hospital bed. The screenshot was just misappropriated to make you believe that’s him.
Fact #4 : 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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