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Ben Savage Death Hoax

Was actor Ben Savage killed in a September 2006 drunk-driving accident.?

Published Sep 21, 2006

Claim:   Actor Ben Savage was killed in a September 2006 drunk-driving accident.

Status:   False.

Example:   [Collected on the Internet, 2006]


Saturday, September 16th Ben Savage passed away at Memorial Hospital in Canton, Ohio at 10:47 pm. Savage was in a fatal accident sending him into a coma which he did not awake.

Ben best known as Corey Matthews from the comedy sit com Boy Meets World was intoxicated during the accident which ultimately prevented his recovery. Rest In Peace Ben Savage, "Corey Matthews" You will be greatly missed.

Ben Savage
September 13th, 1980 -
September 16th 2006

Origins:   This item about the drunk-driving death of actor Ben Savage, best known for his portrayal of adolescent Cory Matthews in the TV series Boy Meets World (and younger brother of Fred Savage, star of the nostalgic TV series The Wonder Years) appears to be yet another Internet-spread celebrity death hoax, this one spread primarily via the MySpace social networking site.

Although this blurb claims Ben Savage died on 16 September 2006, there has been no public announcement or media mention of his having passed away or been involved in an accident, and his manager has assured the media that Ben is alive and well.

Last updated:   21 September 2006


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