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Chuck Norris appears at fundraising event in Budapest, in November 2018 (AP). Chuck Norris appears at fundraising event in Budapest, in November 2018 (AP).

Chuck Norris appears at fundraising event in Budapest, in November 2018 (AP).

Madison Czopek
By Madison Czopek June 15, 2020

Chuck Norris felled by a tiny virus? Don’t believe it

If Your Time is short

• Actor Chuck Norris is alive and well despite a hoax circulating on Facebook about his death.

• Multiple fact-checking outlets debunked the claim that Norris died of the coronavirus. 

• Norris has been the subject of celebrity death hoaxes in the past.

Fans of "Walker, Texas Ranger" know Chuck Norris as a fighter and a survivor.

And they have no reason to believe he died of the coronavirus. 

Norris, the action-film star known for his martial-arts expertise, has been the target of misinformation for years. In fact, a Facebook scam claimed he was dead back in 2012. He wasn’t. He just turned 80 in March.

Now social media users have started spreading a hoax saying Norris died June 10, but the post is actually a long-winded joke.

"Corona Virus claims a black belt," the The June 11 post reads. "Carlos Ray ‘Chuck’ Norris, famous actor and fighter, died yesterday afternoon at his home in Northwood Hills, TX at the age of 80."

But if readers continue on a few more paragraphs, the joke is soon revealed.

"However, after his minor inconvenience of death, Chuck has made a full recovery, and is reported to be doing quite well," the post says. "It has also been reported that the Corona virus is in self isolation for 14 days due to being exposed to Chuck Norris."

The fact-checking organizations Snopes.com and Lead Stories debunked this joking claim when versions of it first emerged more than a month ago.

As recently as June 8, Norris posted on his official Facebook page. There have been no posts or other evidence indicating he has fallen ill with coronavirus or any other disease, or that he has died.

We rate this post False.

Our Sources

Official Chuck Norris Facebook page, accessed June 14, 2020

IMDb, "Chuck Norris," accessed June 14, 2020

Biography, "Chuck Norris," accessed June 14, 2020

Snopes.com, "Did COVID-19 Kill Chuck Norris?" May 18, 2020

NBC News, "Kill Chuck Norris in Facebook Scam? You’re kidding, right?" Jan. 25, 2012

Lead Stories, "Fact Check: Chuck Norris Is NOT Dead From Coronavirus," May 22, 2020

Cinema Blend, "Once Again, No, Chuck Norris Is Not Dead, But He Did Hit A Milestone This Year," June 10, 2020

Chucknorris.com, "The Official Home of Chuck Norris," accessed June 14, 2020

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