FACT CHECK:   Was Yolanda Saldivar found dead in prison?

Claim:   Yolanda Saldivar was found dead in prison.


Example:     [Collected via Twitter, August 2015]

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Origins:    On 17 August 2015, the entertainment web site United Media Publishing published an article claiming that Yolanda Saldivar, the woman who killed singer Selena Quintanilla, was found dead in her prison cell:

After spending nearly 20 years in prison for the murder of beloved Tejano superstar, Selena Quintanilla Perez, Yolanda Saldivar was found dead in her cell by deputies during a routine walk throuugh of the Mountain View unit in Gatesville, Texas. Attempts to resuscitate Saldivar proved futile as she appeared to have been dead for several hours before discovery.

Cause of death will be announced pending autopsy and toxicology reports.

There is no truth to the above-displayed story. While United Media Publishing does not feature a disclaimer identifying its content as fake news, the web site frequently publishes fake stories, including tales about Christian couples filing for divorce in the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage, residents in Clint, Texas, being forcibly implanted with microchips, and the Pope claiming that sterilizing unwed mothers could prevent climate change.

Last updated:      17 August 2015

Originally published:    17 August 2015