LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Fidel Castro is not dead. Fidel Castro fake death reports have been surfacing online for years. But Castro hasn’t died this October 2012. Neither has John Cena.
Fidel Castro is the victim of not one but multiple false death reports today. But since at least August 2011, Castro has battled fake death reports on a regular basis. Today is no different. The current false Castro death stories are deriving from different culprits.
First, Necropedia is falsely reporting that Castro has died. “Fidel Castro, born on August 13, 1926 in Birán, was a Cuban politician and revolutionary. He died on October 12, 2012, at the age of 86.” The site adds “The news has left the world shocked and saddened. Fidel Castro is the brother of Raúl Castro.”
And a quick perusal reveals that the same website is reporting that Raul Castro is dead as well. But then, in the right caption, it qualifies the report, claiming that it’s not a “death announcement” but an “anticipatory” report.
Second, the confusion also stem from a report today published online asking the public to question “where is Cuba’s Fidel Castro.” The report claims that it was suspicious that Fidel Castro did not congratulate Hugo Chavez personally after “winning a new term in office on Sunday.”
Third, Castro is still battling the same fake death report from 2011 by Global Associated aka Mediafetcher. That report claimed Castro didn’t die in Cuba, but in Denver, crashing at the so-called “Denver Peak Regional Airport”. The website uses a template. Hence, the Castro story was just a tad unbelievable, stating “Actor, Fidel Castro was believed to have been a passenger on the flight”.
Today’s timing is suspect for another reason. In August 2011, LALATE reported that false news reports about Castro’s death had surfaced “weeks after Jackie Chan” false reports. Just days before this latest Castro tale, Jackie Chan false reports resurfaced online. Moreover, in 2011, a dissident and blogger was cited by Miami news as falsely reporting Castro as dead. The same is being reported today again.
Fidel Castro is not dead. Adam Sandler is alive. And so is Morgan Freeman and Ryan Seacrest.