As the world waited in anticipation for the second presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, another headline made its rounds in social media, purportedly about the death of the Republican candidate.
Obviously, Trump is alive and well and made his way to the debate to face off with Clinton.
According to the fake news report, though, the real-estate mogul had died from a heart attack, even going to describe how Trump has already had a history of treatment for a heart condition.
“Donald Trump was pronounced dead today at 11am following what some are describing as a violent heart attack,” shared the false report. “The world famous businessman and TV personality were previously treated for minor cardiovascular issues that followed a mild course of antibiotics.”
Donald Trump death hoax prompted the creation of #RIPTRUMP?
A fake hashtag was even created to make the news about Trump’s death seem more convincing. As the report shared, “fans have already taken to social media to express their emotions with hashtags #RIPTRUMP #TRUMPRIP #TRUMP4EVER.”
Obviously, another bit of click bait news, the death hoax story went on to say “PLEASE SHARE THIS ARTICLE TO INFORM EVERYONE OF THE SAD LOSS OF DONALD TRUMP,” in the hopes of garnering more readers to click.
A photo was even linked to the supposed story, showing (what seems to be) the presidential hopeful lying on the floor unconscious. A Tweet was also shared to inform people about the false report.
— Hoax-Slayer (@hoaxslayer) October 6, 2016
While Donald Trump remains running (for president) and healthy, it does seem like his campaign is already on its last breath, after the “p—sy” comment interview with Billy Bush surfaced online. Since then, Trump and his campaign team have been attacked by media, women’s rights groups and other similar organizations, even clamoring for the candidate to step down from his Republican nomination.
But Trump is Trump has stayed on with his plans to become president, and probably to live for another 100 years.
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