Did football legend Pele die on Christmas, or right after celebrating Christmas?!
Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!
Updated @ 2022-12-30 : Added official confirmation that Pele has died
Originally posted @ 2022-12-28
Claim : Pele Died After Celebrating Christmas!
People are sharing a screenshot of an article claiming that Pele has died in a São Paulo hospital, written by Jon Whitman on Monday, December 26, 2022.
The screenshot does not mention how Pele died, or when he died, but the date suggests that he died on Christmas Day, or right after celebrating Christmas.
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Truth : Pele Did Not Die Right After Celebrating Christmas
This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS shared on WhatsApp and social media, and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : Pele Admitted To Hospital In November 2022
First, let me start by establishing some basic facts about Pele’s recent health issues.
The Brazilian football legend had a tumour removed from the right side of his colon in September 2021. Although his eldest daughter, Kely, said that he was “doing well”, he was reportedly admitted to intensive care a few days later. However, he was released on 30 September 2021 to begin chemotherapy.
On 29 November 2022, he was admitted to the Hospital Israelita A. Einstein (Albert Einstein Israelite Hospital) in São Paulo to reassess his chemotherapy and to treat a respiratory infection.
Last week, the hospital issued a statement saying that his cancer had advanced, and Pele was also experiencing renal and cardiac dysfunctions.
Fact #2 : Pele Died On December 29, 2022
Pele died on Thursday, December 29, 2022 – three days after the purported article on his death was allegedly posted.
This was confirmed by his agent Joe Fraga, as well as his official Twitter and Facebook accounts.
His daughter, Kely Nascimento, also posted on her Instagram account:
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Fact #3 : Pele Spent Christmas With His Family At Hospital
His family spent Christmas Eve and Christmas with him at the Albert Einstein Israelite Hospital.
On Boxing Day – the day Pele allegedly died, Kely Nascimento posted about making through “another night with him”.
Three days later, she posted an update, to share that it has been a rollercoaster ride for the Pele family. At that time, she did not state that Pele had died.
Fact #4 : Pele Was Not Suffering From COVID-19
While people initially speculated that Pele was suffering from COVID-19, his eldest daughter Kely Nascimento explained that he had the coronavirus earlier, but now had a lung infection.
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Fact #5 : Pele Was Fully-Vaccinated Against COVID-19
It is inevitable that anti-vaccination activists will blame Pele’s health problems on the COVID-19 vaccine.
I should first point out that, yes, Pele is fully-vaccinated against COVID-19. That was how he was able to beat back a COVID-19 infection earlier, despite being in poor health.
COVID-19 vaccines also cannot cause colon cancer, despite what antivaxxers may claim. Colon cancer takes years to develop.
Fact #6 : Jon Whitman Writes For Thaiger
The article on Pele’s death was purportedly written by Jon Whitman – a writer for the Thai website, Thaiger.
It is unknown if the screenshot was photo-edited, or if the Thaiger accidentally published a prepared obituary for Pele and quickly rescinded it. The article is not / no longer available on the Thaiger website.
Pele did indeed die in a São Paulo hospital, but only days later – on 29 December 2022.
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