Was "Bad Boys" star Martin Lawrence "hospitalized in critical condition and fighting for his life" in October 2021? No, that's not true. A headline made the claim but the video, posted in October 2021, refers to a 1996 incident when the Hollywood actor was hospitalized. The video clearly states that the situation involving Lawrence happened in 1996 and was not a current news report in 2021.
The claim appeared as a video (archived here) published on YouTube on October 31, 2021, under the title "'Bad Boys' Star Martin Lawrence Hospitalised In Critical Condition Fighting For Life." It opened:
Comedian Martin Lawrence became a household name during the 1990's, establishing a Hollywood career as a leading actor, most notably in films like House Party, Bad Boys, Blue Streak and Big Momma's House."
Social media users saw this thumbnail:
(Source: YouTube screenshot taken on Tue Nov 2 11:33:45 2021 UTC)
The two-minute eight-second video discusses his popularity in Hollywood and notes his latest movie was "Bad Boys For Life," which opened in theaters in January 2020.
At the 0:24 mark, the video describes an incident in 1996, not a 2021 event:
But, in 1996 comedian Martin Lawrence suffered from nervous breakdown. Lawrence was picked up by police for standing in the middle of a busy mid-day Los Angeles intersect and screaming at cars. Although initially he said it was due to exhaustion and dehydration, his behavior was symptomatic of a mental breakdown from stress attributed to relationship allegations and legal issues."
The YouTube channel Star News posts misleading headlines that contain "RIP" and a celebrity name, as an apparent means of building traffic to the site. When viewers open the link, the video is not about the death of the celebrity but that of a close friend, relative or former co-star.
Lead Stories reached out to Lawrence's representative and will update this story as appropriate when a response is received.