Michael J Fox is still alive, contrary to what a fake news organization reported. Over the weekend, a website online claimed the 57-year-old actor had died, in what came to be the latest celebrity death hoax.
On the 4th of August, Saturday, a blog made to look like Yahoo News! claimed the Back To The Future star had passed away due to pneumonia exacerbated by Parkinson’s disease.
The article said, “doctors confirmed Fox passed away and was surrounded by friends and family.” The organization, Snopes, quickly revealed the report was untrue.
Snopes said that no respectable publication had stated Fox had died. The fact-checking website claimed yahoonews-us.com is a site that rips off the domain of the original yahoo.com website for the sake of generating revenue through advertising.
As fans of the actor know, Michael has been battling Parkinson’s disease for a very long time. Doctors diagnosed him in 1991 when he was just 29-years-old. It was also during the height of his fame.
And in 1998, he confirmed the news to the public and since then, has become a vocal supporter of research alternatives for the illness. Even though Parkinson’s throws him a curveball, Fox – who has four children with Tracy Pollan – still works in Hollywood frequently.
Michael appeared in 26 different episodes of The Good Wife, and also five episodes of Designated Survivor.
He also had his own TV show called The Michael J Fox Show, which was about a man who goes back to work after receiving a Parkinson’s diagnosis; clearly, in reference to his own experiences.
This won’t be the first time an actor or celebrity has been a target of a death hoax. Queen Elizabeth II, Henril Cavill, Britney Spears, and many others have all been the subject of fake news rumors. In fact, fake news has gotten so bad, that some political pundits claim it played a role in the 2016 US Presidential Election.