Fact Check: Country Singer George Strait Did NOT Have 'Tragic End' On December 31, 2022

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  • by: Marlo Lee
Fact Check: Country Singer George Strait Did NOT Have 'Tragic End' On December 31, 2022 No Proof

Did country singer-songwriter George Strait have a "tragic end" on December 31, 2022? No, that's not true: Strait's verified Instagram account posted content as recently as January 10, 2023. There have been no news articles or statements from Strait's team that would lead fans to believe this.

The claim appeared on Facebook on December 31, 2022. The post is a picture of Strait on stage with the caption:

His whole future is at stake! Thousands of viewers are saddened by today's news. A Tragic End For George Strait Today

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

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Facebook screenshot(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Wed Jan 11 15:01:58 2023 UTC)

The URL, interestinapurchase.com, linked in this post leads to either a page supposedly selling T-shirts or an article on why the pharmaceutical industry wants George Strait suspended from all music platforms. According to this article, Strait had to stop touring because the arthritis in his hands got so bad. But according to Strait's website, he has announced a 2023 tour of six stadium performances.

The rest of the article is an advertisement for a brand of CBD gummies. There is no evidence that Strait has endorsed or spoken about any CBD gummies.

A Google News search for "George Strait tragic end" turned up no results at the time of writing.

On January 9, 2023, Strait posted a snippet of his tribute song "The Weight Of The Badge" on his verified Instagram account in support of National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. A second Instagram post from this account was posted on January 10, 2023. The same content can be found on his verified Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Country Music Television wrote about his upcoming tour on January 10, 2023.

Lead Stories has contacted Strait's publicist, we will update this article if we receive a response.

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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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