The first red flag that the claim was false was that there were no credible news reports of Parton’s death. Her death would make news headlines and be widely reported the world over.
The linked to on Facebook claims Parton died on 6 December 2022. But the 76-year-old singer on on 6 and 7 December, and the also on her Instagram account.
There is no announcement of Parton’s death on her official . We also checked the for any evidence that the singer had passed away, but came up empty.
We took a closer look at the where the misleading about Parton’s death was published. It is a blog which publishes what is labelled Korean “news” – in the Korean language – and fake claims about celebrity deaths.
On the landing page alone there were “reports” of the “tearful” and “sudden” deaths of British TV host and US actors and . These are all false. We suspect the Korean stories are also fabricated.
These false claims are likely attempts to gain traffic to the website. But the articles posted on social media and the website itself should be ignored.