Did a report recently reveal that COVID-19 killed pedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein? No, that's not true: Jeffrey Epstein, who was being held on federal sex trafficking charges, was found unresponsive in a New York City jail cell on August 10, 2019, and soon after pronounced dead, about four months before the COVID-19 virus was found in the U.S. His death was ruled a suicide by hanging by the New York City medical examiner. The first U.S. case of COVID-19 was reported on January 19, 2020, and confirmed on January 21. Although a study testing samples of blood donated a month earlier may indicate COVID-19 was in the U.S. as early as December 2019, there is no question that Epstein died long before any possibility of becoming infected with COVID-19 in New York. This meme was made with a "Breaking News" meme generator, which allows a user to make a meme using any photo and headline.
The meme appeared as early as April 14, 2020, and has resurfaced in a post on Facebook where it was published on July 27, 2021. The captioning, which mimics the style of a breaking TV news chyron, reads:
EPSTEIN DIED FROM CORONAVIRUS
21:49 NEW REPORT REVEALS COVID-19 SYMPTOMS POSSIBLY PRESENT AT TIME OF DEATH
This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:
(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Thu Jul 29 14:47:29 2021 UTC)
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(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Thu Jul 29 15:37:46 2021 UTC)
Later copies of the meme featuring Jeffrey Epstein have had the website's watermark obscured, so it is not so clear that this was intended to be satire.