Fact Check: Wife of Pfizer CEO Is NOT Dead

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  • by: Marlo Lee

STORY UPDATED: check for updates below.

Fact Check: Wife of Pfizer CEO Is NOT Dead She's Alive

Did Myriam Bourla, the wife of Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla, die November 10, 2021 after complications from Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine? No, that's not true: She was photographed with her husband at an awards ceremony on November 11, 2021.

Conservative Beaver, the website where the claim originated, often writes fabricated stories about public figures.

The claim appeared in an article (archived here) published by Conservative Beaver on November 10, 2021, under the title "Wife of Pfizer's CEO dies after complications from the vaccine." It opened:

Myriam Bourla - the wife of Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla - has died from complications from the COVID-19 vaccine early Wednesday, according to her doctor.

This is what the article looked like at the time of writing:

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(Source: Conservativebeaver.com screenshot taken on Thu Nov 11 17:48:09 2021 UTC)

The article claims that Myriam Bourla passed away early Wednesday in NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital.

NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital told Lead Stories that the claim is not accurate in a November 12, 2021, email.

Albert Bourla tweeted a photo of himself and his wife at an award ceremony on November 11, 2021.

A Pfizer spokesperson told us in a November 11, 2021, email that Myriam Bourla's death is a "false claim." The New York Chief Medical Examiner said they didn't "have any investigation of a decedent matching the information you provided."

Lead Stories also asked Pfizer if Myriam Bourla had been vaccinated, if so with the Pfizer vaccine. We will update this story when we receive an answer from Pfizer.

Albert Bourla is fully vaccinated against COVID. He tweeted about his vaccination status on March 10, 2021:

Lead Stories has debunked many of the false claims from Conservative Beaver. Here is a debunk of the claim that Travis Scott was arrested after his AstroWorld Festival concert. Here is a debunk of Conservative Beaver's claim that Albert Bourla was arrested by the FBI in Scarsdale, New York.

Updates:

  • 2021-11-12T23:22:26Z 2021-11-12T23:22:26Z
    Comment from NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital added.

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Lead Stories is working with the CoronaVirusFacts/DatosCoronaVirus Alliance, a coalition of more than 100 fact-checkers who are fighting misinformation related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about the alliance here.

Marlo Lee is a fact checker at Lead Stories. She is a graduate of Howard University with a B.S. in Biology. Her interest in fact checking started in college, when she realized how important it became in American politics. She lives in Maryland.

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