Reports of Donald Trump’s death on Nov. 1 were a Twitter hoax, at least partly to highlight the disinformation Elon Musk is unleashing in the name of free speech.
November 4, 2022

According to Newsweek, the hoax seems to have begun with comedian Tim Heidecker. He mocked the way Trump promoted conspiracy theories about the attack on Paul Pelosi, using similar language:

Then came this:

Followed by the CNN "report":

As PolitiFact noted, the fact that CNN allegedly reported the cause of death as "autoerotic asphyxiation in his Florida home” was a big clue that the graphic was a fake.

It kept going:

Then it turned into satiric digs at Elon Musk:

But now, if the facts that Trump endorsed Sen. Mike Lee on Nov. 2 and posted Nov. 3 on Truth Social about his upcoming rally don’t convince you he’s still alive (much as some of us might wish otherwise), a Reuters fact check proves conclusively that the whole thing was satire, including the CNN “report.”

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