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Fake News: Rock Icon Mick Jagger NOT Dead, Did NOT Leave Billions For Border Wall

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Thu, 07 Feb 2019 00:39:38 Z)

Did Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger die and did he leave billions of dollars for building a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico? No, that's not true: the story was made up by a satirical website that publishes ironic death hoaxes about various celebrities that all supposedly support president Trump (even most of them don't, in real life). This story is no different.

The story originated from an article published by Conservative Tears on February 6, 2019 titled "World Mourns Rock Icon, Left Billions For Border Wall" (archived here) which opened:

Marking today as the day the Earth truly stood still, reports came sadly from the East End of London that rock and roll legend Mick Jagger had passed away at age 75. Sir Mick had been the lead singer of classic rock band The Rolling Stones for more than 50 years.

The final paragraph had following line:

An ardent supporter of President Trump, the "Satisfaction" crooner directed the executor of his multi-billion dollar estate to release more than 8 billion to Donald Trump with the expressed directive that it be used to build the border security wall.

Screenshot of https://conservativetears.com/2019/02/06/start-me-up/

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World Mourns Rock Icon, Left Billions For Border Wall

Marking today as the day the Earth truly stood still, reports came sadly from the East End of London that rock and roll legend Mick Jagger had passed away at age 75. Sir Mick had been the lead sin...

Jagger's real middle name is "Philip" and his net worth is estimated at $360 million by TheRichest so he wouldn't have 8 billion to leave in his will:

Mick Jagger Net Worth | TheRichest

The below financial data is gathered and compiled by TheRichest analysts team to give you a better understanding of Mick Jagger Net Worth by breaking down the most relevant financial events such as yearly salaries, contracts, earn outs, endorsements, stock ownership and much more.

Jagger has also claimed he wishes to remain apolitical:

Mick Jagger pulls out of David Cameron hosted political event - NME

Rolling Stones man says he felt that he was being used as a 'political football' The Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger has pulled out of an event due to be hosted by British Prime Minister David Cameron, after complaining that he was being used as a "political football".

NewsGuard, a company that uses trained journalist to rank the reliability of websites, describes conservativetears.com as:

A hoax website that publishes false stories about celebrity deaths.

According to NewsGuard the site does not maintain basic standards of accuracy and accountability. Read their full assessment here.

The site also comes with a disclaimer that reads:

sat·ire ~ˈsaˌtī(ə)r
the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, OR ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.
If you disagree with the definition of satire or have decided it is synonymous with "comedy," you should really just move along.

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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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