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Did Simon Cowell Just Die Suddenly In A Car Crash?!

Did Simon Cowell just die suddenly in a tragic car crash?! Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

Updated @ 2023-09-28 : Added updated MediaMass claim
Updated @ 2023-08-16 : Added video fact check
Originally posted @ 2023-01-07


Claim : Simon Cowell Just Died In A Tragic Car Crash!

People are sharing YouTube and TikTok videos which claim that Simon Cowell just died suddenly in a hospital, with titles like :

(RIP) Very Sad News 2 minutes ago in Chicago, “America’s Got Talent” Simon Cowell, He has been confirmed as…

5 Minutes Ago / The UNEXPECTED Death Of Simon Cowell / R.I.P. Legend

5 minutes ago! Millions of people cried over the sudden death of “America’s Got Talent” Simon Cowell.

5 minutes ago / Terrible devastation about “America’s Got Talent “Simon Cowell, tearful farewell.

3 hours ago/funeral took place/ Simon Cowell’s sudden passing left thousands of fans heartbroken

40 minutes ago in Chicago, “America’s Got Talent” Simon Cowell, he has been confirmed as…

10 minutes ago in Chicago, “America’s Got Talent” Simon Cowell died suddenly at the hospital

10 minutes ago : We announce very sad news about Simon Cowell, he has been confirmed as..

5 minutes ago announced that simon cowell died at the hospital…😳🤐 #viral #viralvideo

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Truth : Simon Cowell Did Not Die Suddenly In A Car Crash

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 : 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.

Never mind his wealth, Simon Cowell is a celebrity in his own right. Even if he did not die, the worldwide media would have reported on his car accident or hospitalisation.

No legitimate media outlet reported that Simon Cowell was hospitalised, never mind dying suddenly in a car crash. That’s because it never happened!

Fact #2 : Simon Cowell Is Still Alive + Well!

Simon Cowell – the long-time judge on Britain’s Got Talent and America’s Got Talent is still very much alive and well, as of Sunday, 23 September 2023.

That was when he reposted the AGT announcement that Mel B is back as a judge, and will joining Simon Cowell, Terry Crews, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel in the new America’s Got Talent: Fantasy League show!

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Fact #3 : The Photos Were Edited

I analysed the photos used in these videos, and traced the origin of four examples used in many of these videos.

This photo that shows Simon Cowell on a hospital bed, was edited from a real photo of a kidney transplant patient called Gerhard van Tonder. The photo was taken in October 2021 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Healthcare professionals will immediately notice that Simon Cowell is not intubated despite being mysteriously hooked up to a ventilator!

If you look carefully, you will also notice that Simon Cowell’s head is oddly larger than normal – to superimpose over Gerhard’s head in the real photo.

If you zoom into the fake photo, you can even see a white border around Simon Cowell’s head – a clear sign it was added to the photo.

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The photo of this white SUV was taken on July 17, 2019 on Highway 6 near Freelton, Ontario, Canada. The driver was a 38 year-old woman, not Simon Cowell.

This photo was also misappropriated from another car accident, this time in the Selma neighbourhood in the San Fernando Valley, on May 9, 2021.

The driver was a 57 year-old woman who died in that accident. Again, not Simon Cowell.

This fake photo is a pretty good edit, albeit showing Simon Cowell smiling with his eyes closed – odd for someone who was dying or has already died.

But it was really a photo of Blake Bargatze, a 24 year-old man, who was being treated at a South Florida hospital for COVID-19 in March 2021.

Bargatze, unfortunately, did not qualify for the COVID-19 vaccine at that time, and got infected. His condition grew worse over time, and he eventually had to be placed on an ECMO machine to let his lungs heal.

Unfortunately, that didn’t happen, and he ended up with a double-lung transplant in June 2021, to save his life.

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Fact #4 : Simon Cowell Death Hoax Is Driven By Fake Fact Check Too

This Simon Cowell 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 television host Simon Cowell’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the September 2023 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the creator of Britain’s Got Talent and The X Factor is alive and well.

Rumors of the television host’s alleged demise gained traction on Monday after a ‘R.I.P. Simon Cowell’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the British television host’s passing:

Their claim of a viral R.I.P. Simon Cowell 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 Simon Cowell’s unnamed rep confirming that he is not dead is exactly the same as statements from other 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 LiuMadonna, Melanie LaurentMorgan Freeman, Oprah Winfrey, Robert Pattinson, 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 #5 : 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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Adobe MAKE IT To Be Streamed Live

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, April 5, 2016 —A world-class lineup of international and local creative industry leaders are set to take the stage at Adobe MAKE IT, which takes place in Sydney on 5 May 2016 and at the same time will be live streamed across APAC to countries including India, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.

Now in its second year, Adobe’s regional creativity conference will see industry pioneers such as Erik Johansson, digital artist and creator of the Photoshop Live – Street Retouch Prank and Jason Little, Creative Director, For The People, a Sydney-based design start-up, discuss trends and challenges facing the industry, including overcoming “failure” and balancing the commercial with the creative.

“The creative sector is going through an unprecedented time of change, driven by the explosion in demand for amazing digital experiences as companies and institutions strive to connect with their audiences across digital devices ” said Marta DeBellis, Vice President Marketing Asia Pacific for Adobe. “This is the experience era, and creatives are at the heart of it. It’s a time of opportunity, but also of challenge for this group, and Adobe continues to provide leadership through technology, services, training and community to help creative professionals navigate and succeed in this new landscape.”

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Last year, over 500 industry professionals attended the inaugural conference hosted by Adobe to celebrate creativity and the technology that enables it. This year, Adobe MAKE IT promises to continue to challenge, educate and inspire more than 1000 of Australia’s designers, developers, marketers and creative professionals, plus an extended online audience across Asia.

“MAKE IT will bring together the brightest creatives from Australia and all over the world. This event represents the best of what the creative industry has to offer, and I’m looking forward to being part of the action!” said Erik Johansson, MAKE IT speaker.

Other speakers said that peer-to-peer collaboration and best-practice sharing is critical to staying abreast of the latest skills, techniques and technology during this era of change and transformation.

Julieanne Kost, Adobe’s Principal Digital Imaging Evangelist and Paul Burnett, Principal APAC Evangelist for Creative Cloud will also join this year’s lineup of speakers to discuss the future of design/web and digital imaging. The event will be opened by Adobe APAC President, Paul Robson.


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