Kirk Douglas dead four days before his 101st birthday is a celebrity death hoax. There is no truth to a report that the legendary actor had passed away ahead of his next birthday.
Where did this celebrity death hoax originate? ActionNews3 published the death hoax (archived here) falsely reporting that Douglas had died. You can read the hoax below.
News reports have confirmed that actor Kirk Douglas died of natural causes late this afternoon, Los Angeles coroners office reported. This was just 4 days before he would have turned 101 years old.
Family released a statement saying he “went comfortably and was in no pain” and “lived a long and prosperous life that people only dream of.”
However, there is no truth to the above story, according to Hoax Alert. Of course, there has been no legitimate news coverage reporting that Douglas had died. Rather, the death hoax used an article mostly pulled together from the Wikipedia page of Douglas, with the occasional “is” replaced by a “was” to falsely suggest that Douglas had died.
No reliable news outlets have confirmed the “news”, not even two days after his supposed death on Dec. 5, 2017. Thus, Hoax Alert said it is safe to say this is fake news.
Just recently, Douglas met with Dame Judi Dench for the first time ahead of Dench receiving the Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on Nov. 30. Since the 100-year-old actor was unable to attend, he invited Dench to his Los Angeles home the day before the ceremony.
Here are some examples of people sharing the death hoax on social media.
Legendary Actor Kirk Douglas Dead, 4 Days Before His 101st Birthday – https://t.co/QDDRvYnZNW via @Shareaholic
— Tony Venuti (@TonyVenutiShow) December 7, 2017
Legendary Actor Kirk Douglas Dead, 4 Days Before His 101st Birthday https://t.co/3t1REQTZN1
— Tyril (@Tyril) December 7, 2017
Legendary Actor Kirk Douglas Dead, 4 Days Before His 101st Birthday – https://t.co/mRR0XH4ZEk via @Shareaholic
— Santiago G Martin (@santiagogmartin) December 7, 2017
Legendary Actor Kirk Douglas Dead, 4 Days Before His 101st Birthday – https://t.co/bIAYNo5TN7 via @Shareaholic
(Issur Danielovitch, Of Blessed Memory, A Kind Man, A Good Friend, A Faithful Jew)
— Rev Dr John Benjamin David Tatum DD PhD (@RevDrJBTDDPhD) December 7, 2017
Legendary Actor Kirk Douglas Dead, 4 Days Before His 101st Birthday – https://t.co/UaTAB8QFLz via @Shareaholic
— Sheriff DJTrump Says (@MichaelScarbrou) December 7, 2017
Finally, it should be noted that ActionNews3 is a known fake news website that is part of a network of similar sites posting false stories. The Douglas hoax was just another false story that ActionNews3 published to confuse and mislead social media users.
After stints in the U.S. Navy and on Broadway, Douglas broke into the movies with The Strange Love of Martha Ivers. He went on to critical acclaim in such films as 1952’s The Bad and the Beautiful and 1956’s Lust for Life. One of his biggest hits was 1960’s Spartacus.
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