Did Bruce Willis just die in the hospital from his newly-diagnosed frontotemporal dementia, or a car accident?!
Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!
Updated @ 2023-08-28 : Updated with new details and video fact check.
Originally posted @ 2023-05-30
Claim : Bruce Willis Just Died In A Hospital!
People are sharing YouTube and Facebook videos claiming to prove that Bruce Willis just died suddenly in a hospital after his frontotemporal dementia diagnosis, or a tragic car accident, with titles like :
Stop breathing 5 minutes ago / Bruce Willis Died on the way to the hospital / Goodbye Bruce Willis
30 Minute Ago! Bruce Willis Passed away in a tragic accident
At Bruce Willis’s tragic funeral! Our condolences to Bruce Willis’s family, goodbye Bruce Willis
Bruce Willis.. Rest in Peace, Great American Film and Television Actor
Heartbreaking Final Moments Of Legendary Actor Bruce Willis – cause of death is hidden!!!
A tragic funeral! With a heavy heart, before a tearful farewell to Bruce Willis, goodbye legend
R.I.P Bruce Willis was confirmed by a doctor to be dead at 5am, Goodby and rest in peace!
Bruce Willis’s final moments in the hospital, he died in the arms of his loved ones
Funeral Is Tomorrow R.I.P. Legendary Actor Bruce Willis Heart stopped
10 Minutes Ago / Bruce Willis Just Died At Home / Goodbye Bruce Willis
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Truth : Bruce Willis Did Not Die In A 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 : 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 Bruce Willis’ death.
Never mind the slew of ridiculously terrible movies he participated in, Bruce Willis remains a Hollywood mega star. His diagnosis of frontotemporal dementia (FTD) got front page news all over the world!
If Bruce Willis really did die, whether from his dementia, a car accident, or a heart attack, the worldwide media would have reported on it.
No legitimate media outlet reported that Bruce Willis died suddenly in a hospital from any cause. Only a bunch of small-time celebrity death blogs / small YouTube and Facebook channels!
Fact #2 : Bruce Willis Is Still Alive + Well!
Bruce Willis did not die, and is still very much alive and well, as of Friday, August 25, 2023. That was when he posted a photo of himself on his official Instagram account.
Bruce Willis officially retired from acting in March 2022, after his aphasia diagnosis, but he did not die in 2022 as alleged.
Neither did Bruce Willis die in February 2023, as alleged, because his family announced his aphasia was caused by frontotemporal dementia on February 16!
In May and August 2023, people also claimed that Bruce Willis died suddenly in the hospital, but no, he’s very much still alive.
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Fact #3 : Bruce Willis 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.
This photo that shows Bruce Willis on a hospital bed, was edited from a stock photo of an old man, taken by Raul Rodriguez. It’s titled “Elderly 80 plus year old man recovering from surgery in a hospital bed“.
In addition, the purple ribbon isn’t used for awareness of frontotemporal dementia, which is relatively uncommon. The purple ribbon is often used to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy and pancreatic cancer.
Incidentally, frontotemporal dementia is different from Alzheimer’s disease, affecting a different part of the brain, and presenting with different symptoms.
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This photo of a large funeral is not of Bruce Willis, but of Irish makeup artist Cathriona White, taken on October 10, 2015.
If you look carefully, you can spot actor Jim Carrey looking sombre next to the pallbearer. He dated Cathriona White for three years, from 2012-2015. She died from a suicide by prescription drug overdose on September 28, 2015.
The fake news creator just added a photo of Bruce Willis, making it look like Jim Carrey and the lady beside him were carrying it. The truth is there was no photo, and they were just holding hands.
This photo of Bruce Willis’s funeral is also fake. This is actually a photo of Serbian folk singer, Šaban Šaulić, who died on February 17, 2019. His funeral was held on February 22, 2019.
The fake news creator flipped the photo, and superimposed a large and overly bright head of Sylvester Stallone together with a photo of Bruce Willis magically floating in front of him!
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Fact #4 : Bruce Willis Death Hoax Is Driven By Fake Fact Check Too
This Bruce Willis death hoax, ironically, is also being driven by another fake fact check article by MediaMass Project.
News of actor Bruce Willis’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the August 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 The Fifth Element or Die Hard is alive and well.
Their claim of a viral R.I.P. Bruce Willis 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 Bruce Willis’ unnamed reps 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 Barry Gibb, Celine Dion, Clint Eastwood, Oprah Winfrey, Simon Cowell, Taylor Swift, Madonna, Toby Keith, Cristiano Ronaldo, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Justin Bieber, Robert Pattinson, Harrison Ford, Sylvester Stallone, Tom Hanks, Morgan Freeman, Dolly Parton, Lucy Liu, and Melanie Laurent.
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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- Did Sinead O’Connor Die Suddenly From Vaccine / Suicide?!
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- Did Clint Eastwood Just Die From Cancer / Ligma Virus?!
- Why Did Johnny Depp Faint + Cancel Budapest Concert?!
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