Fact Check: Mike Tyson Has NOT Died As Of August 2, 2023

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  • by: Kaiyah Clarke
Fact Check: Mike Tyson Has NOT Died As Of August 2, 2023 Alive & Well

Has Mike Tyson, a former professional boxer, died as of August 2, 2023? No, that's not true: A Tyson representative told Lead Stories that this claim is "fake news." Tyson has also been active on his verified social media accounts since this claim was published.

The claim appeared in a post on Facebook on July 26, 2023. The caption opened:

10 Minutes Ago /Goodbye legendary Mike Tyson./ Mike Tyson he now has been confirm as.......Read More

Here is how the post looked at the time of writing:

Mike Tyson Image.png

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Wed Aug 02 16:18:12 2023 UTC)

When clicking on the highlighted portion of the caption in the Facebook post, a July 26, 2023, article titled, "10 Minutes Ago /Goodbye legendary Mike Tyson./ Mike Tyson he now has been confirm as" opens on a website called "sitelockbite.ink." The article's headline has grammatical errors and some of the photos in the article appear doctored.

One of Tyson's agents confirmed to Lead Stories in an August 2, 2023, email that this claim was false, calling it "fake news."

A July 27, 2023, tweet on Tyson's verified account, published a day after it was reported that he died, is a video that displays him using a smoke gun.

Lead Stories has previously uncovered a network of Cambodian-based websites that spread "death hoax" articles like this one on Facebook in order to spread malware.

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  Kaiyah Clarke

Kaiyah Clarke is a fact-checker at Lead Stories. She is a graduate of Florida A&M University with a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism and is currently pursuing an M.S. in Journalism. When she is not fact-checking or researching counter-narratives in society, she is often found reading a book on the New York Times Bestseller List.

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