Did Pele Die Right After Celebrating Christmas?!

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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.

The King is Dead – Pelé passes in São Paulo hospital.

Published 4 hours ago on Monday, December 26, 2022 by Jon Whitman

“I was born to play football, just like Beethoven was born to write music and Michelangelo was born to paint”.

Pelé, born Edson Arantes do Nascimento…

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Did Pele Die Right After Celebrating Christmas?!


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.

Admitted since November 29 for a reassessment of chemotherapy therapy for colon tumor and treatment of a respiratory infection, Edson Arantes do Nascimento presents progression of the oncological disease and requires greater care related to renal and cardiac dysfunctions.

The patient remains hospitalised in a common room, under the necessary care of the medical team.

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.

A inspiração e o amor marcaram a jornada de Rei Pelé, que faleceu no dia de hoje.

Amor, amor e amor, para sempre.
Inspiration and love marked the journey of King Pelé, who peacefully passed away today.

Love, love and love, forever.

His daughter, Kely Nascimento, also posted on her Instagram account:

Everything we are is thanks to you. We love you infinitely. Rest in peace 💔 💔 💔

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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.

Insta family, our Christmas at home has been suspended. We decided with the doctors that, for various reasons, it would be better for us to stay here with all the care that this new family at Einstein gives us!!

On Boxing Day – the day Pele allegedly died, Kely Nascimento posted about making through “another night with him”.

We always have a lot to be thankful for, even spending Christmas in the hospital we are aware of the privilege it is to be in a hospital like @hosp_einstein.

To see our dad being treated by these professionals, super competent and extremely caring. Not a moment goes by that we forget this privilege. Even in sadness we can only be thankful.

Thank you for being together, thank you for all your affection, thank you that I can be here now with him. Merry Christmas.

Lots of health, lots of love, lots of joy, lots of laughter and lots of passion, today and always, for all of you. 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.

These moments are hard to explain. Sometimes there is a lot of sadness and despair, other times we laugh and talk of fun memories. And what we learn most from all this is that we have to look for each other, and hold tight. Only then it’s all worth it with all of us together.

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.

About three weeks ago he got Covid. He is vaccinated, with all the vaccines, but because of the cancer medicine, the chemotherapy, which is fragile, he got a lung infection.

That’s why he went to the hospital, because of the lung infection. Is he serious? It’s serious, because he’s a certain age, he’s treating cancer.

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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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