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Grace Abels
By Grace Abels June 28, 2024

No, actor Tim Allen didn’t die in a car accident

If Your Time is short

  • There is no credible reporting of Tim Allen’s death. 

  • He has an event scheduled for June 29 that had not been canceled as of this publication.

Buzz Lightyear, Santa Claus or The Tool Man — however you know him, actor Tim Allen has had a long Hollywood career. But has it come to a tragic end?

According to a June 24 Facebook post, "(Two) hours ago. Actor and comedian Tim Allen..  died suddenly at the hospital, confirmed as…" With the last sentence left unfinished, the post includes a photo of Allen, a car accident, and the headline "Breaking News. Fatal Car Accident." The link in the post does not link to an article, but triggers a browser security alert. 

(Screenshot of Facebook post)

The Facebook post was flagged as part of Meta’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Meta, which owns Facebook, Threads and Instagram.)

PolitiFact found no evidence or credible reporting that Allen was recently in a car accident or died.

The "Home Improvement" star’s death would have made headlines, but no such stories exist. Wikipedia and IMDb pages about him do not list a date of death.

Although he has not posted on his social media accounts since June 18, Allen has an event at the Akron Civic Theatre in Akron, Ohio, scheduled for June 29 that had not been canceled as of the time of this publication.

This is not the first time viral claims have spread online that Allen died; it happened in 2020, too. 

We rate the claim that Allen died in a car accident False. 

Our Sources

Facebook post (archived), June 24, 2024

Google search, "Actor Tim Allen death," accessed June 28, 2024

WIkipedia, "Tim Allen," accessed June 28, 2024

IMDb, Tim Allen," accessed June 28, 2024

X profile, "Tim Allen (@ofctimallen),"  accessed June 28, 2024

Instagram profile, "Tim Allen (@ofctimallen)," accessed June 28, 2024

Facebook page, "Tim Allen,"  accessed June 28, 2024

Tim Allen, "Events," accessed June 28, 2024

Akron Civic Theatre, "A Night of Comedy with Tim Allen,"  accessed June 28, 2024

Vanity Fair, "Tim Allen Wants Everyone to Know He’s Not Dead," July 31, 2020

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