Fact Check: CNN Did NOT Report Trump Died Of Autoerotic Asphyxiation

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  • by: Alexis Tereszcuk
Fact Check: CNN Did NOT Report Trump Died Of Autoerotic Asphyxiation He's Alive

Did CNN report that Donald Trump died of autoerotic asphyxiation? No, that's not true: "It's a fabricated image and not anything CNN reported," a CNN spokesperson told Lead Stories. The post appears to be a joke since former President Donald Trump is alive, as of this writing. He took part in a live national radio show on November 3, 2022.

The claim about Trump's death appeared in a post on Instagram on November 2, 2022. The posted image resembles a screenshot of an article attributed to CNN. The alleged article's headline reads:

Donald Trump dead at 76

This is how the post appeared on Instagram at the time of this fact check's writing:

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(Source: Instagram screenshot taken on Thurs Nov 3 17:14:33 2022 UTC)

The caption on the post reads, "Former President Donald Trump died of autoerotic asphyxiation in his Florida home on November 1, 2022."

CNN spokesperson Emily Kuhn told Lead Stories via email on November 3, 2022, that the network did not publish a story that Trump died from autoerotic asphyxiation and that the image was not real.

The image in the post appears to be an altered version of a CNN story (archived here) that was posted on November 2, 2022. The real headline was "Donald Trump joins the Paul Pelosi conspiracy caucus." Here is a screenshot of the real article:

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(Source: CNN website screenshot taken on Thurs Nov 3 17:20:16 2022 UTC)

Trump did a live phone interview on the Real America's Voice radio show "American Sunrise" on November 3, 2022. Here is a clip from his interview:

KCCI Des Moines Channel 8 news reported that Trump was scheduled to appear at a rally in Sioux City, Iowa on November 3, 2022, at 7 p.m. CDT.

Additional Lead Stories fact checks related to Donald Trump can be found here.

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  Alexis Tereszcuk

Alexis Tereszcuk is a writer and fact checker at Lead Stories and an award-winning journalist who spent over a decade breaking hard news and celebrity scoop with RadarOnline and Us Weekly.

As the Entertainment Editor, she investigated Hollywood stories and conducted interviews with A-list celebrities and reality stars.  

Alexis’ crime reporting earned her spots as a contributor on the Nancy Grace show, CNN, Fox News and Entertainment Tonight, among others.

Read more about or contact Alexis Tereszcuk

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