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Fake News: Danny Trejo Did NOT Die At Age 74

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Sun, 09 Sep 2018 19:30:02 Z)

Did actor Danny Trejo pass away age 74? No, that's not true: a website that was registered just three weeks ago launched a rumor saying the actor was dead but the article is mostly just copy pasted from his biography on Wikipedia and does not make any mention of what he supposedly died of or where. No other actual news sources are confirming the news so it is definitely false.

The story originated from an article published by Your Daily News on September 9, 2018 titled "Danny Trejo The Famous Native American Actor Dies at age 74" (archived here) which opened:

Danny Trejo was born Dan Trejo in Echo Park, Los Angeles, to Alice (Rivera) and Dan Trejo, a construction worker... with his intimidating, tattooed, muscle-bound appearance, character actor Danny Trejo has formed a successful career as the all-purpose hard case over his curious and enduring cinematic career. Beating the odds of repeat offender syndrome after being released from prison, Trejo has risen through the ranks to find himself in high demand as an actor, and has even expanded his talents to include a producer credit to his resumé.

Screenshot of http://yourdailynewsfix.online/2018/09/danny-trejo-the-famous-native-american-actor-dies-at-age-74

Users on social media only saw this title, description and thumbnail so they might have confused it with real news:

Danny Trejo The Famous Native American Actor Dies at age 74

Danny Trejo was born Dan Trejo in Echo Park, Los Angeles, to Alice (Rivera) and Dan Trejo, a construction worker... with his intimidating, tattooed, muscle-bound appearance, character actor Danny Tre...

But the site that launched the rumor, yourdailynewsfix.online, was only registered about three weeks ago:

DOMAIN INFORMATION
Domain:yourdailynewsfix.online
Registrar:PDR Ltd. d/b/a PublicDomainRegistry.com
Registration Date:2018-08-14
Expiration Date:2019-08-14
Updated Date:2018-08-14
Status:serverTransferProhibited
clientTransferProhibited
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Name Servers:wns144.hostgator.com
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No mention is made of the news on Trejo's Twitter account, official website or official Facebook page and no other news outlets are reporting on it.

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About the author:

Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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