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Fake News: Jean-Claude Van Damme NOT Dead, NOT Victim of Heart Attack

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Mon, 28 Jan 2019 09:15:19 Z)

Did actor Jean-Claude Van Damma die of a heart attack? No, that's not true: the story of his death was made up by a website with a history of publishing death hoaxes.

The story originated from an article published by chanteur-news-fr.info on January 27, 2019 titled "« Jean-Claude Van Damme est mort » : l'acteur victime d'une crise cardiaque ..." (archived here) which opened:

Jean-Claude Van Damme est mort aujourd'hui à l'hôpital pour une crise cardiaque . J'ai appelé l'ambulance à 7:15 .

L 'ambulance a amené l'acteur à l'hôpital mais il était trop tard .

Il est mort d'une crise cardiaque à 8:20 .


Jean-Claude Van Damme died today in hospital because of a heart attack. I called the ambulance at 7:15.

The ambulance took the actor to hospital but it was too late.

He died of a heart attack at 8:20.

Screenshot of http://chanteur-news-fr.info/ins-news.php?id=135

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

« Jean-Claude Van Damme est mort » : l'acteur victime d'une crise cardiaque ...


Most real news stories list an author and this one was published anonymously. This is important since the author claims to be the one who called the ambulance making it much harder to verify.

But no reliable news outlets made any mention of the story and Van Damme's official website and Twitter account make no mention of his death.

We wrote about chanteur-news-fr.info before: the site has a habbit of publishing death hoaxes:

According to WHOIS information the site appears to be Russian in origin so it is probably not the best source of information about Franco-Belgo-American pop culture:

Domain Information
Registrar:Limited Liability Company "Registrar of domain names REG.RU"
Registered On:2018-08-19
Expires On:2019-08-19
Updated On:2018-10-18
Name Servers:cpsoneone.iphoster.net
Registrant Contact
Organization:Privacy Protection

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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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