Millions Fall for Fake CNN Death Hoax Reporting Barbara Bush's Passing a Day Early
More than two million people fell for a fake news article, purported to be from CNN but actually from a sham site, that reported former first lady Barabara Bush's death on Monday, a day before her actual passing on Tuesday.
On Sunday, a spokesman for Mrs. Bush announced that she was in failing health and wouldn't seek additional treatment.
“Following a recent series of hospitalizations, and after consulting her family and doctors, Mrs. Bush, now age 92, has decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort care,” spokesman Jim McGrath said in a news release.
Bush, 92, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday afternoon, after succumbing to complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and heart failure.
Sometime on Monday morning, a fake news website called "breaking-cnn.com" published an article with the headline: “Former first lady Barbara Bush dies at 92." The article, which is still available on the fake CNN website, read, in part:
NEW YORK — Former first lady Barbara Bush has died “peacefully in her sleep”, a spokesman for the Bush family said she died on Sunday evening.92-year old Bush died hours after announcing that she will not seek additional medical care.She made headlines in the past 24 hours that she was in failing health and would not seek additional medical care after a series of recent hospitalizations.