17 October 2020 04:36
Article content The final bell hasn't rung for Dustin Diamond just yet. Earlier this week, social media users were flooded by reports that the Saved By the Bell actor had been killed in a prison riot after an article on the satirical website Ringssss started making the rounds. But Reuters fact-checked the death claim and found it to be untrue. We apologize, but this video has failed to load. tap here to see other videos from our team.
Try refreshing your browser, or Saved by the Bell star Dustin Diamond dead in a prison riot? Back to video "Diamond is not dead," Reuters writes. "The shared article is meant to be satirical. The death of a public figure like this would have gathered significant attention and would have been reported by news organizations. Aside from the satirical article, Reuters found no other report." In its 'About Us' section, Reuters notes, Ringsssss describes itself as a "fabricated satirical newspaper and comedy website" that uses fictional names in its stories "except in cases when public figures are being satirized." Diamond, 43, has been the subject of death hoaxes before, with Newsweek quoting an interview he gave to Florida Today about the constant rumours.