Fact Check: Chuck Norris Is NOT Dead From Coronavirus

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  • by: Alexis Tereszcuk
Fact Check: Chuck Norris Is NOT Dead From Coronavirus Alive & Well

Did Chuck Norris die of coronavirus? No, that's not true. Hollywood legend Chuck Norris is not dead and there is no indication he contracted coronavirus, despite the claim that is going viral on Facebook. The 77-year-old action hero did not pass away from COVID-19 and the joke post even noted "However, after his minor inconvenience of death, Chuck has made a full recovery, and is reported to be doing quite well."

The claim appeared as a post (archived here) where it was published by Facebook on May 9, 2020. It opened:


Corona Virus claims a black belt.

Chuck Norris, Dead at 77

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

Facebook screenshot

This is a joke post and Chuck Norris is alive and well.

The post went viral with over 1,300 shares on Facebook after claiming the "Walker, Texas Ranger" star has shockingly died from coronavirus. Many people fell for the joke before realizing that it wasn't true.

The news seemed like yet another tragedy as the coronavirus outbreak ravages the world.

Corona Virus claims a black belt.
Chuck Norris, Dead at 77
Carlos Ray "Chuck" Norris, famous actor and fighter, died yesterday afternoon at his home in Northwood Hills, TX at the age of 77.
Chuck Starred in dozens of movies and Tv series which have, and continue to entertain millions of people.
He was also a master of martial arts, which was the cause of his initial fame in the movie industry.

The giveaway came next.

"However, after his minor inconvenience of death, Chuck has made a full recovery, and is reported to be doing quite well."

And because he is a legendary fighter, the post claimed, he defeated coronavirus!

"It has also been reported that the Corona virus is in self isolation for 14 days due to being exposed to Chuck Norris."

Chuck Norris was posting on his official Facebook page as recently as May 20, 2020 -- 11 days after his "death" from coronavirus was first reported.

Here is an awesome video titled "Chuck Norris Kicks Everything."



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  Alexis Tereszcuk

Alexis Tereszcuk is a writer and fact checker at Lead Stories and an award-winning journalist who spent over a decade breaking hard news and celebrity scoop with RadarOnline and Us Weekly.

As the Entertainment Editor, she investigated Hollywood stories and conducted interviews with A-list celebrities and reality stars.  

Alexis’ crime reporting earned her spots as a contributor on the Nancy Grace show, CNN, Fox News and Entertainment Tonight, among others.

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