Did legendary singer Dolly Parton just die suddenly from a stroke?!
Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : Dolly Parton Just Died Suddenly From A Stroke!
People are sharing YouTube and Facebook videos claiming that legendary singer Dolly Parton just died suddenly of a stroke, with titles like :
30 minutes ago, Famous Singer Dolly Parton was found dead in the bathroom after suffering a stroke
7 minutes ago/ Dolly Parton passed away suddenly last night/ Goodbye actor Dolly Parton
10 Minutes Ago / Sad News / RIP Dolly Parton / Goodbye Dolly Parton
Minutes ago at Dolly Parton’s funeral, Blake Shelton: ‘I can’t believe she’s gone forever’
10 mins ago / With singer Dolly Parton’s tearful final goodbye, she is confirmed as..
5 Minutes Ago/Dolly Parton Is Currently On Life Support After Diagnosed With Dangerous Disease.
5 minutes ago / R.I.P. Singer Dolly Parton Died on the way to the hospital
With heavy hearts as we report sudden death of 76-year-old singer Dolly Parton, goodbye and rest.
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Truth : Dolly Parton Did NOT Die Suddenly From A Stroke!
This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created and propagated by people to generate income from page / video views and advertising, and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : No Legitimate Media Outlet Reported Her Death
These YouTube and Facebook videos have been circulating for months now, but people don’t seem to notice that no legitimate media has reported Dolly Parton’s death.
Dolly Parton is such a big celebrity, her death would have been covered globally by the media and celebrity blogs.
Yet, no legitimate media outlet, nor celebrity blog, has reported that Dolly Parton died recently from any cause. Why should you believe no-name websites, or random YouTube / Facebook videos?
Fact #2 : Dolly Parton Is Still Alive + Well!
Dolly Parton (born Dolly Rebecca Parton on January 19, 1946) is still very much alive and well, as of Wednesday, March 29, 2023, when she last posted on Instagram an Amazon Prime Video preview of her and Garth Brooks getting ready to host the 2023 Academy of Country Music Awards.
And a week earlier, she announced the pre-order of her new book, “Behind The Seams” on Instagram on March 23.
All those posts came many days to weeks after those YouTube and Facebook videos claimed that she died suddenly from a stroke, or a “dangerous disease”.
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Fact #3 : The Videos Provided No Evidence For Her Death
To generate ad money, the videos must engage you long enough, so they come up with some story that Dolly Parton was suffering from a “dangerous disease”, and they drag out the video with details about Dolly Parton’s life.
In any case, after watching the videos, you will realise that none of them offered any evidence that Dolly Parton died from a stroke or any dangerous disease.
That may anger you, but it doesn’t matter. They got you to watch the video, generating income for them. And they know that most people will not realise that, and forward the fake news to their family and friends!
Fact #4 : They Used Stock Photos
To make their videos more convincing, these fake video creators add faces of celebrities like Sylvester Stallone and Blake Shelton to the fake Dolly Parton funeral photos.
Take for example, this photo of Sylvester Stallone apparently leading the pallbearers carrying Dolly Parton’s coffin. Not only is Stallone smirking (odd for a funeral, isn’t it?), his head looks strange – it’s too large and you can see a second ear just right ear!
That’s because the fake news creator use the funeral photo from Dolores O’Riordan of the Cranberries that was taken on Sunday, January 21, 2018 by Getty photographer, Charles McQuillian, in her hometown of Limerick in Ireland.
The fake news creator had to make Sylvester Stallone’s head larger to cover up the face of the man in the real photo, but even so, was not able to cover up the man’s right ear completely.
The fake news creator also added a photo of Dolly Parton. In the real photo, you can see that the man was not holding anything.
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Fact #4 : Dolly Parton Death Hoax Is Driven By Fake Fact Check Too
This Dolly Parton death hoax is, ironically, just another fake fact check article by MediaMass Project.
News of singer Dolly Parton’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the April 2023 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the singer best known for hit songs like 9 to 5, I Will Always Love You or Jolene is alive and well.
Rumors of the singer’s alleged demise gained traction on Monday after a ‘R.I.P. Dolly Parton’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the American singer’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Monday (April 03, 2023), our beloved singer Dolly Parton passed away. Dolly Parton was born on January 19, 1946 in Sevierville. She will be missed but not forgotten. Please show your sympathy and condolences by commenting on and liking this page.”
Hundreds of fans immediately started writing their messages of condolence on the Facebook page, expressing their sadness that the talented 77-year-old singer, songwriter and actress was dead. And as usual, Twittersphere was frenzied over the death hoax.
Where as some trusting fans believed the post, others were immediately skeptical of the report, perhaps learning their lesson from the huge amount of fake death reports emerging about celebrities over recent months. Some pointed out that the news had not been carried on any major American network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of a singer of Dolly Parton’s stature would be major news across networks.
Their claim of a viral R.I.P. Dolly Parton Facebook page is false. There is no such Facebook page. It is their standard fake fact check spiel for fake celebrity deaths.
The statement from Dolly Parton’s unnamed rep confirming that she is not dead is exactly the same as statements from other celebrities whose reps MediaMass claimed were victims of death hoaxes, like Justin Bieber, Tom Hanks, Lucy Liu, and Melanie Laurent.
Hidden in the description page for the MediaMass Project is a disclaimer that they are a “satire” website. That’s the usual “cover” for websites peddling fake news.
Regardless of their reasons, anything posted by MediaMass.net must be considered as fake news, until proven otherwise.
Fact #6 : This Is Just Fake Celebrity News
This is yet another example of fake celebrity news created to generate page views and money through advertising, just like these examples:
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