In July 2017, Don Moen died of "stomach pain".
On 12 July 2017, the HoustonChronicle-TV web site published an entirely fake story, reporting that American gospel singer and pastor Don Moen had died after a “short illness”:
American singer-songwriter, Evangelist Don Moen has died after [a] short battle with stomach pain. His family confirmed that he died early this morning at General Acute Care (GAC) Hospital in California barely [a] couple of hours after he was rushed to the hospital.
The article is riddled with errors and fabrications, such as California’s “General Acute Care Hospital”, which does not exist, and a fake tribute from President Donald Trump. Moen’s collaborator — Nigerian Christian Contemporary music artist Frank Edwards — confirmed the report is a hoax, tweeting a screenshot of a text message sent by Moen’s son Michael, who wrote:
Dad is great and it good health. That article is false and just trying to get people to click thru [sic] to their website. I’ll have dad post something on social media shortly so people know.
— FRANK EDWARDS (@FRANKRICHBOY) July 12, 2017
On the day the fake article was published, Moen posted to Facebook.
The story itself contains several hallmarks of being fake: an invented hospital; a dubious cause of death (“stomach pain”) is followed by the contradictory claim that the cause of death was “not immediately known”; a quote from Donald Trump is not attributed to any source; a quote from the pastor T.D. Jakes is attributed to “local media” but no specific source is named.
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