Morgan Freeman dead rumors false; Mississippi actor alive, well

Published 11:52 am Friday, October 20, 2017

Morgan Freeman has been the subject of death rumors on the Internet for years.

In 2012, for instance, millions of page views were generated by a Morgan Freeman dead story. But it wasn’t true, the actor who calls Mississippi home was alive and well. Now, just this month, a fake news story has been published and shared more than 750,000 times citing that Morgan Freeman, actor, has died.

The fake news site that calls itself “Action News 3” published the story in early October that said Freeman “passed away in his Charleston, Mississippi home early this morning, according to representatives. An investigation is underway.”

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But Morgan Freeman is alive and well and hard at work. He’s been active on Facebook and seen in Mississippi. His program The Story of Us airs on National Geographic channel.

“My quest for answers to humankind’s biggest questions,” Freeman posted on Facebook on October 17, 2017. “This week we ask, ‘Is war inevitable?’

The fake news article had suggested he died on October 5.

Freeman is a native of Charleston, Mississippi and frequents the nearby Oxford area. He’s often seen at Ole Miss basketball games and he recently narrated a new video for the university.


Freeman, born in 1937 in Memphis, Tennessee, has starred in movies including “Driving Miss Daisy,” “Shawshank Redemption,” and “The Dark Knight Trilogy.” He got his acting start on the PBS program “The Electric Company.”