Viral Message: Rumored circulated in Facebook and Tweeter that the actor  Morgan Freeman died at 80.

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Fact Check by Ayupp– Fake

Viral Message Example-

At about 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday (October 10, 2017), our beloved actor Morgan Freeman passed away. Morgan Freeman was born on June 1, 1937 in Memphis. He will be missed but not forgotten. Please show your sympathy and condolences by commenting on and liking this page.

Another example.


Morgan Freeman passed away in his Charleston, Mississippi home early this morning, according to his representatives. An investigation is underway, however the coroner stated his death was likely of ‘natural causes.’

Morgan Freeman, an American actor, producer and narrator, was born on June 1, 1937. Freeman won an Academy Award in 2005 for Best Supporting Actor with Million Dollar Baby (2004), and he received Oscar nominations for his performances in Street Smart (1987), Driving Miss Daisy (1989), The Shawshank Redemption (1994) and Invictus (2009). He also won a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

Viral Message Verification –   This is a fake message claims that the actor died at 80. He is alive and in good health. Many of his fans became sad and started pouring their condolence, many of them without thinking retwetted the message. When our website investigated the reality of the news we came to the following conclusion.

The news had not been carried on any major American news channel.The death of an actor of Morgan Freeman's stature would be major news across networks.

On Wednesday (October 11) the actor's reps officially confirmed that Morgan Freeman is not dead. “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,” they said.

The news came from a website that enables users to generate fabricated headlines to “prank” their friends.

The website,, prompts users to plug in a headline, an image and body text. Then, the site publishes the fabricated report (like the one about Morgan Freeman dying at 80) and makes it easy for users to share a link to it on Facebook.

About The Author

Olivia Murakami is an Indian fact-checker and news writer, writing news for Ayupp since 2014.

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