STORY UPDATED: check for updates below.
UPDATE: Barbara Bush did now pass away on April 17, 2018 as reported by the NY Times:
Barbara Bush, Wife of 41st President and Mother of 43rd, Dies at 92
As the wife of the 41st president and the mother of the 43rd, George W. Bush, Mrs. Bush was only the second woman in American history to see a son of hers follow his father to the White House. (Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams and mother of John Quincy Adams, was the first.)
Has former First Lady Barbara Bush died? No, not yet. A premature article announcing her death was published by a site that regularily posts fake news and articles that are not true. The site is part of a larger network that likes to publish untrue announcements about famous people passing away a few days after (real) media reports come out they are in ill health or in hospital.
This particular death hoax originated from an article published on April 16, 2018 by a site using the domain name breaking-cnn.com (which is unrelated to the real CNN). The article was titled "Former first lady Barbara Bush dies at 92 - CNN" (we archived it here) and it opened opened:
NEW YORK -- Former first lady Barbara Bush has died "peacefully in her sleep", a spokesman for the Bush family said she died on Sunday evening.
92-year old Bush died hours after announcing that she will not seek additional medical care.
She made headlines in the past 24 hours that she was in failing health and would not seek additional medical care after a series of recent hospitalizations.
Bush was the wife of former President George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States who is now 93, and mother of 43rd President George W. Bush. She was only the second first lady in American history whose her son also ascend to the nation's highest office, the other being Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams and mother of John Quincy Adams.
In reality Barbara Bush hasn't died yet but as the real CNN reported a few hours ago that she was in failing health and chose to no longer undergo medical treatment:
Barbara Bush in failing health
The source said she is being cared for at her home in Houston and has decided she does not want to go back into the hospital. She has been on oxygen for some time. Her husband, former President George H. W. Bush is with her, as are daughter Doro and sons Marvin and Neil.
UPDATE: The real CNN felt compelled to report just a few hours ago that she is still alive:
Former first lady Barbara Bush remains feisty and in great spirits, a source close with the Bush family says https://t.co/l2rtErNWWd pic.twitter.com/cCT1aOjeU3-- CNN (@CNN) April 16, 2018
The is part of a network of fake news websites that all have normal looking front pages with some generic news stories taken from other websites but which frequently publish hoax articles on other parts of the site that aren't immediately obvious to visitors. These stories frequently are death hoaxes about celebrities or other well known people that have been reported as being in the hospital by mainstream news sources. Some sites we've identified as part of the network include:
We wrote a longer exposé about that network here if you are interested in reading more about the kinds of tricks and tactics used by this network.
We wrote about breaking-cnn.com before, here are our most recent articles that mention the site:
- Fake News: Will Ferrell Did NOT Die After A Two Car Crash
- Fake News: Caster Semenya NOT Fighting For Her Life After Snake Bite
- Fake News: Toni Braxton NOT Dead at 50
- Fake News: George Brooks Veikoso Did NOT Die From Injuries Sustained During Show
- Fake News: Marilyn Manson Did NOT Die From Injuries Sustained during Show
2018-04-18T06:01:41Z 2018-04-18T06:01:41ZUpdated article, Barbara Bush did eventually pass away on April 17, 2018.
2018-04-17T21:17:39Z 2018-04-17T21:17:39ZAnd Inquisitr:
Barbara Bush Not Dead: Cruel Death Hoax Is Spread By Website Purporting To Be CNN
Former first lady Barbara Bush is the latest victim of an internet death hoax. Amid reports that the 92-year-old wife of George H. W. Bush is in failing health, a fake news website pretending to be CNN reported that Barbara Bush has died.
2018-04-17T21:16:48Z 2018-04-17T21:16:48ZSo has the Daily Mail:
Did Barbara Bush die? Death hoax spread by website claiming to be CNN
Barbara Bush has become a death hoax victim after 'CNN' reported she had died The former First Lady is currently spending time with the Bush family in Texas She revealed that she will not be seeking further medical treatment in April 2018 Barbara Bush, former US First Lady, has become the latest death hoax victim after a news website claiming to be CNN reported that the wife of former President George H.
2018-04-17T21:16:37Z 2018-04-17T21:16:37ZSnopes has debunked the story too:
FACT CHECK: Barbara Bush Death Hoax
Former First Lady Barbara Bush died on 15 April 2018. False Shortly after entering palliative care on 15 April 2018, former First Lady Barbara Bush was the subject of two false reports of her death - one an apparent mistake, the other published (and quickly deleted) by a dubious web site.
2018-04-17T07:39:03Z 2018-04-17T07:39:03ZAdded CNN tweet confirming Barbara Bush is still alive.