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Last updated: October 11, 2012
First published: October 11, 2012
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
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Rumours claiming that Cuban leader Fidel Castro is dead are currently rocketing around via Twitter, Facebook and other social media outlets. This round of rumours apparently began life in the Twitterverse via retweeted Spanish language posts. Versions of the messages were soon translated to English and jumped over to Facebook and beyond.
But the claims in the messages are untrue. there are no credible reports that support claims that Fidel Castro has died. Given the role Castro has played in recent world history, his demise would have been extensively reported by news media all around the world. In fact, this is just the latests in a long series of false Castro death reports that began well before the rise of social media.
This version of the rumour may have took flight from a Spanish language blog post that talked of the aging Castro's supposed dementia and decreasing health. As for all of us, one day the rumours will become fact. But, in the mean time, it is always wise to verify via a reliable news source any social media reports about the supposed demise of a famous - or infamous - person BEFORE retweeting, sharing or forwarding.