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David Rockefeller's Sixth Heart Transplant Successful at Age 99?

Billionaire David Rockefeller did not receive multiple heart transplants, including one performed just before he reached the century mark.

Published April 30, 2015

Billionaire David Rockefeller received his sixth heart transplant at the advanced age of 99.

On 28 April 2015, the World News Daily Report web site published an reporting that billionaire David Rockefeller had just undergone his sixth heart transplant at the advanced age of 99:

Billionaire philanthropist David Rockefeller has successfully undergone his sixth heart transplant in 38 years at the venerable age of 99 years old.

The heart transplant surgery, which lasted 6 hours and was done by a team of private surgeons at his principal residence, on the family estate in Pocantico Hills, New York, doesn't seem to have tired the legendary business man known for his dynamism and cunningness.

The article also included a purported quote from David Rockefeller about how to live a long and healthy life:

"Every time I get a new heart, it is like the breath of life is swept across my body. I feel reenergized and alive."

However, this "news" was not reported by any other credible media outlet because it was a spoof about the alleged "heartlessness" and entitlement of the wealthy from the fake news site World News Daily Report, whose disclaimer page states that the site's articles are not meant to be taken as truthful:

World News Daily Report is a news and political satire web publication, which may or may not use real names, often in semi-real or mostly fictitious ways. All news articles contained within worldnewsdailyreport.com are fiction, and presumably fake news. Any resemblance to the truth is purely coincidental, except for all references to politicians and/or celebrities, in which case they are based on real people, but still based almost entirely in fiction.

World News Daily Report previously reported an eyewitness account of Jesus' miracles, alleged that loggers cut down the world's oldest tree, and published purported photos of a "prehistoric shark" discovered in Pakistan.

David Rockefeller finally passed away at the age of 101 in March 2017.

Kim LaCapria is a former writer for Snopes.

David Mikkelson founded the site now known as snopes.com back in 1994.