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President Donald Trump speaks during an NBC News Town Hall, at Perez Art Museum Miami, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in Miami. (AP) President Donald Trump speaks during an NBC News Town Hall, at Perez Art Museum Miami, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in Miami. (AP)

President Donald Trump speaks during an NBC News Town Hall, at Perez Art Museum Miami, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in Miami. (AP)

Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke October 16, 2020

No, Donald Trump didn’t die from COVID-19

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  • Donald Trump is alive.
 

An Instagram post spreading on social media claims that President Donald Trump is dead, but that’s wrong. 

"Due to COVID-19, President Donald Trump passes away at 74," reads what looks like a screenshot of a CNN tweet. It was posted on Instagram on Oct. 12. 

Since then, of course, Trump has tweeted and appeared in public. On Oct. 15, he participated in a televised town hall

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While Donald Trump sought treatment for his COVID-19 diagnosis at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, he left the hospital on Oct. 5 and has been campaigning since. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told the health news website STAT that the president "did not suffer any significant consequences" from COVID-19, according to an Oct. 13 story.

We didn’t find any evidence that CNN ever tweeted that Trump died. 

Searching for the tweet on Twitter, we found an identical Oct. 9 tweet that similarly uses the Fox News logo, but the account is not actually Fox News; it’s @foxnewes.

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