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Fake News: Former Price Is Right Host Bob Barker NOT Dead at Age 95

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Sat, 12 Jan 2019 01:13:50 Z)

Did former Price Is Right host Bob Barker die aged 95 after splitting his head due to a fall? No, that's not true: a brand new fake news site is simply recycling an old death hoax while updating just the age

The story originated from an article published on January 12, 2019 titled "Former Price Is Right Host Bob Barker Dead at Age 95 - News 4 Local⇡" (archived here) which opened:

Bob Barker was rushed to the emergency room after a fall that split his head open. Several hours later, he was pronounced dead.

The 95-year-old former The Price Is Right host suffered a nearly two inch laceration on the side of his forehead due to a fall that took place near the star's Hollywood Hills home.

'Bob was taking a walk at around 5:30 AM near his Hollywood Hills home when he tripped on the sidewalk,' police reported.

Police administered aid and called the paramedics. Barker was then taken to Cedars-Sinai hospital where he was pronounced dead at 8:34 a.m.

Screenshot of http://news4local.com/price-is-right-host-bob-barker-dead/

Users on social media only saw this title, description and thumbnail:

Former Price Is Right Host Bob Barker Dead at Age 95 - News 4 Local⇡

Bob Barker was rushed to the emergency room after a fall that split his head open. Several hours later, he was pronounced dead. The 95-year-old former The Price Is Right host suffered a nearly two inch laceration on the side of his forehead due to a fall that took place near the star's Hollywood

However last year the exact same article already appeared on a site named ActionNews3 which was known for publishing fake stories:

Former Price Is Right Host Bob Barker Dead at Age 94 - Action News

Bob Barker was rushed to the emergency room after a fall that split his head open. Several hours later, he was pronounced dead. The 94-year-old former The Price Is Right host suffered a nearly two inch laceration on the side of his forehead due to a fall that took place near the star's Hollywood Hills home.

The current site is hosted on the exact same IP address (67.227.229.104) which is also home to several other similar sites publishing known fake news stories:

  • dailybuzzlive.com
  • dailyviralbuzz.com
  • news4ktla.com
  • now8news.com
  • realstonedtimes.com
  • straightstoned.com
  • theracketreport.com

Meanwhile no reliable news outlet has published any credible report about Bob Barker passing away. Neither has the official Facebook page for "The Price Is Right" where they would undoubtedly post an in memoriam right away.

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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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