Fact Check

Trump Is Not Dead, Despite #TrumpIsDead Hoax on Twitter

#TrumpIsDead was trending on Twitter in the U.S. on the afternoon of Nov. 1, 2022.

Published Nov 1, 2022

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Claim:
Former U.S. President Donald Trump died on Nov. 1, 2022.

On Nov. 1, 2022, the hashtag "#TrumpIsDead" began to trend on Twitter. The hashtag appeared under the "What's happening" sidebar in the late afternoon for readers in the United States. However, this rumor was false. Former U.S. President Donald Trump is not dead.

We found no news reports or other announcements online that would confirm this news.

#TrumpIsDead began to trend on Twitter despite the fact that former US President Donald Trump was not dead.

One user tweeted that they believed the hashtag was trending as a way of testing what would and would not be allowed under Twitter's new boss, Elon Musk. "I saw that it's yet another psyopp [sic] to screw around with Melon Husk," the tweet read.

We also found a fake CNN headline that claimed, "Donald Trump dead at 76." However, this was not a real news article.

#TrumpIsDead began to trend on Twitter despite the fact that former US President Donald Trump was not dead.

As of 4:40 p.m. EDT, Trump himself had not yet commented on the misleading Twitter trend by posting to his Truth Social account.

We previously reported in 2016 that Trump was the subject of another death hoax that falsely claimed he had experienced a "violent heart attack."

Jordan Liles is a Snopes reporter with expertise in investigating misinformation, inauthentic social media activity, and scams.

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