Fact Check

No, Woody Allen Isn't Dead

Celebrity death hoaxes are a common form of online misinformation.

Published Nov 19, 2020

SAN SEBASTIÁN - JULY 09: Director Woody Allen starts filming a new movie in San Sebastián on July 09, 2019 in San Sebastián, Spain. (Photo by UNANUE/Europa Press via Getty Images) (Photo by Europa Press News/Europa Press via Getty Images ) ( Europa Press News / Contributor, Getty Images)
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Filmmaker and actor Woody Allen has died.

On Nov. 19, 2020, social media users shared what they believed to be an announcement that actor and filmmaker Woody Allen had died. This was nothing more than a celebrity death hoax — a common form of online misinformation.

The hoax appeared to be centered around a faked tweet from the entertainment news network DiscussingFilm.

DiscussingFilm's Editor-in-Chief Jacob Fisher pointed out on Twitter that the above screenshot was a fake:

Allen is a controversial and prominent figure in film, so his death would prompt numerous reports and obituaries in major news outlets. None has been published, let alone by ABC News, as of this writing. In November 2020, Allen released a new film that stirred new attention on the decades-long scandal surrounding sexual abuse allegations against him.

Bethania Palma is a journalist from the Los Angeles area who started her career as a daily newspaper reporter and has covered everything from crime to government to national politics. She has written for ... read more