Comedian Bill Cosby Dead of Apparent Suicide: Fact Check


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Comedian Bill Cosby Dead of Apparent Suicide at Age 80

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Actor and comedian Bill Cosby, who was recently involved in a sexual assault trial which was declared a mistrial, was found dead this morning of an apparent suicide in his Philadelphia, Pennsylvania home. He was 80.

Fact Check:

A story doing rounds online claims Comedian Bill Cosby Dead of Apparent Suicide at Age 80. Allegedly, it is the aftermath of his sexual assault trials. No, the claims about Bill Cosby death are not true; it is just another celebrity death hoax.

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Bill Cosby in Trials of Sexual Assault

Bill Cosby is the American actor and comedian best known for “The Cosby Show“. In late April 2018, Cosby was indeed found guilty on three counts of sexual assault in his retrial in Norristown, Pennsylvania. As a matter of fact, over the years, there were many such allegations from women.

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Bill Cosby Dead?

Death stories of Bill Cosby appeared on internet space many times in past. In fact Cosby is one of those many celebrities who often becomes the victim of celebrity death hoax on social media. In 2012 rumors started on Facebook and Twitter saying the comedian had died. Back then Cosby dismissed his frequent death rumors, like mentioned by CNN report.

Coming back to the claim in question, there are no credible media reports about any such death incident of the Comedian Bill Cosby. The story originated from an article on Action News website actionnews3.com. Accordingly, Bill Cosby died in his Philadelphia home, in an apparent suicide because of the depression associated with frequent allegations of sexual assault. The article adds one of his sexual assault trials declared a mistrial. The article also mentioned Philadelphia police confirmed Cosby committed suicide by hanging himself with a rope. However, no such incident is reported in Philadelphia Police Department website phillypolice.com. Moreover, the Action News website has been publishing hoax stories like Snapchat will be shutting down by the end of June 2018.

Screenshot of the article on Action News website
Screenshot of the article on Action News website

Therefore, the story claiming Bill Cosby Dead of apparent suicide is not true, it is simply a celebrity death hoax originating from a website publishing fake news.

Hoax or Fact:

Hoax.


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