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- Donald Trump isn’t dead, and CNN didn’t say he was.
Former President Donald Trump isn’t dead, though what looks like a screenshot of a CNN article reporting otherwise may make you do a double-take.
"Donald Trump dead at 76," reads the purported headline for a story by CNN editor-at-large Chris Cillizza that was "updated at 3:49 PM ET" on Nov. 2.
An Instagram post sharing the screenshot was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram.)
The same claims were trending on Twitter.
A closer look at the image reveals a caption that might clue in some readers that this is a joke at Trump’s expense. It says he "died of autoerotic asphyxiation in his Florida home on November 1, 2022."
The story is not on CNN’s website, and we found no evidence that it ever was.
On Nov. 3, he’s expected at a rally in Sioux City, Iowa, to support Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa.
We rate claims that he’s dead and CNN reported it Pants on Fire!
Instagram post, Nov. 2, 2022
Donald Trump Truth Social account, visited Nov. 3, 2022
Donald Trump website, Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America, Nov. 2, 2022
The Washington Post, Biden heading West, Trump to rally in Iowa, Nov. 3, 2022
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