Celine Dion just died suddenly in the hospital after a tragic accident?!
Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : Celine Dion Just Died Suddenly In Hospital!
People are sharing YouTube and TikTok videos claiming that Celine Dion just died in a hospital after a tragic car / plane crash, with titles like :
1968-2023 Celine Dion RIP | Farewell to the legendary singer / Farewell to Celine
Rest in peace Celine Dion (1968-2023). Fans send their condolences to the singer
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Big Shock // “Celine Dion” Dies Suddenly At The Hospital // Heartbreaking Secret…
Stopped breathing 10 minutes ago / Celine Dion dies in hospital / goodbye Celine Dion
Very sad 10 minutes ago / Singer Celine Dion dies in hospital / goodbye Celine Dion
5 minutes ago! Millions of people cried over the sudden death of Singer Celine Dion, sad details…
Celine Dion Passed Away A Few Minutes Ago At Her Home. Funeral Held In Hollywood For 3 Days
1 Hour Ago / R.I.P Celine Dion Died In France / We Will Miss Your Voice So Much!
5 minutes ago/ R.I.P Talented Singer Céline Dion passed away at the age of 55, Goodbye and Rest
A few minutes ago in London / Died in a car accident / R.I.P. legendary singer Celine Dion
30 minutes ago / The family announced the sad news of Legend singer Celine Dion / Farewell in tears
A video is coming forward that a famous name is in the headlines that a famous singer Celine Dion passed away in a plane crash.
Truth : Celine Dion Did Not Die In Hospital!
This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created and propagated by people to generate income from page views and YouTube advertising, and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : Celine Dion Is Still Alive + Well!
Celine Dion (born Céline Marie Claudette Dion on 30 March, 1968) is very much still alive, as of Thursday, 5 October 2023!
In fact, her sister, Claudette Dion, just revealed to Le Journal de Montreal that Celine Dion isn’t recovering well from her Stiff Person Syndrome. She also revealed that her sister, Linda Dion, has moved in with Celine as her live-in-caretaker in Las Vegas:
We can’t find any medicine that works, but having hope is important. I honestly think that she mostly needs to rest. She always goes above and beyond, she always tries to be the best and top of her game. At one point, your heart and your body are trying to tell you something. It’s important to listen to it.
When I call [Celine] and she’s busy, I speak to my sister Linda who lives with her and tells me that she’s working hard. She’s listening to the top researchers in the field of this rare disease as much as possible
Of course, you guys want “proof of life”, right? Well, the legendary Celine Dion herself posted on Wednesday, 12 April 2023, a short video announcing the release of her new single!
Fact #2 : No Legitimate Media Outlet Reported Her Death
These YouTube videos have been circulating for weeks and months, but people don’t seem to notice that no legitimate media has reported her death or car accident!
When Celine Dion announced that she was suffering from Stiff Person Syndrome, the media breathlessly reported it around the globe.
Celine Dion is not just a famous singer. She is a national treasure in Canada, and a musical legend. If she fell and broke a nail, you can be sure that celebrity blogs would have excitedly reported it, if not the mainstream media.
Yet, no legitimate media outlet or even a celebrity blog reported that Celine Dion was involved in any car or plane crash, much less died in a hospital after a tragic car / plane crash. That’s because it never happened!
Fact #3 : Celine Dion Death Photos Were Edited
I analysed the photos used in these videos, and traced the origin of two examples used in many of these videos.
This is a pretty good Photoshop effort, although you can see how Celine Dion’s dark brown hair suddenly became grey hair. And of course, you have to wonder why Celine Dion would still has her makeup on!
The truth is the fake news created edited the photo of Jan Key – a 65 year-old lady from Kalamazoo, Michigan, who was hit by a car on November 21, 2019.
The photo was taken by her daughter, Kitty Jenkins, on November 26, after Jan Key underwent a second surgery for her broken arm and collarbone. She underwent emergency surgery five days ago to treat her broken leg.
This photo, on the other hand, is a pretty bad Photoshop edit of a photo taken at the August 2018 funeral of Oliver Dragojević – a famous Croatian singer and composer.
To make it look like a Celine Dion funeral, the fake news creator added Lady Gaga appearing to cry, and unbelievably – René Angélil was edited in, with a portrait of Celine Dion magically floating in front of him.
For those who are not aware, René Angélil was Celine Dion’s manager who eventually married her on December 17, 1994. The only problem is – René Angélil died many years ago – on January 14, 2016 from throat cancer!
But I would like to give a special Bad Photoshop award to the fake news creator who came up with this gem.
Not only did he/she use the visage of a smiling Celine Dion, it was stitched on so badly, it’s really, REALLY funny!
Celine Dion, who was supposed to be dying in hospital from a terrible car accident, not only has both her eyes open and smiling, it looked the accident smashed her face sideways!
What a terrible, terrible Photoshop edit! If you are going to cheat people, at least put in some effort!
Fact #4 : Celine Dion Death Hoax Is Driven By Fake Fact Check Too
This Celine Dion death hoax is, ironically, also being driven by a fake fact check article by the MediaMass Project, which keeps “updating” the dates in their fake fact check article:
News of singer Céline Dion’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the August 2023 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the singer best known for hit songs like S’il suffisait d’aimer, My Heart Will Go On or Pour que tu m’aimes encore is alive and well.
Rumors of the singer’s alleged demise gained traction on Thursday after a ‘R.I.P. Céline Dion’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the singer’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday (August 29, 2023), our beloved singer Céline Dion passed away. Céline Dion was born on March 30, 1968 in Repentigny. She will be missed but not forgotten. Please show your sympathy and condolences by commenting on and liking this page.”
Hundreds of fans immediately started writing their messages of condolence on the Facebook page, expressing their sadness that the talented 55-year-old singer was dead. And as usual, Twittersphere was frenzied over the death hoax.
Where as some trusting fans believed the post, others were immediately skeptical of the report, perhaps learning their lesson from the huge amount of fake death reports emerging about celebrities over recent months. Some pointed out that the news had not been carried on any major network, indicating that it was a fake report, as the death of a singer of Céline Dion’s stature would be major news across networks.
Their claim of a viral R.I.P. Celine Dion Facebook page is false. There is no such Facebook page. It is their standard fake fact check spiel for fake celebrity deaths.
The statement from Celine Dion’s unnamed rep confirming that she is not dead is exactly the same as statements from other reps of celebrities MediaMass claimed were victims of death hoaxes, like Arnold Schwarzenegger,
She joins the long list of celebrities who have been victimized by this hoax. She’s still alive and well, stop believing what you see on the Internet.
Hidden in the description page for the MediaMass Project is a disclaimer that they are a “satire” website. That’s the usual “cover” for websites peddling fake news.