The internet has been filled with false reports that Oprah Winfrey had died recently. This is in response to the “RIP Oprah” post that circulated on the internet. The TV host, though, is still among the living.
A link in a text message reading “RIP Oprah” was sent to a number of people, redirecting them to another website. Naturally, this alert caused widespread panic. It’s still not clear who sent the message or why random internet users received it.
Winfrey appears to be the latest public figure to be the target of a fake death report. Inevitably, some will use the reach of social media to promote false information for the sake of expanding their online following. Famous people like Tom Holland, Will Smith, Drake, and Justin Timberlake have all fallen victim to fake death rumors on the internet in recent months.
Who Is Oprah Winfrey?
Oprah Winfrey, (born January 29, 1954, in Kosciusko, Mississippi, U.S.), is an American television personality, actress, and entrepreneur whose syndicated daily talk show was among the most popular of the genre. She became one of the richest and most influential women in the United States.
Winfrey moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at age six to live with her mother. In her early teens, she was sent to Nashville to live with her father, who proved to be a positive influence in her life. At age 19 Winfrey became a news anchor for the local CBS television station. Following her graduation from Tennessee State University in 1976, she was made a reporter and co-anchor for the ABC news affiliate in Baltimore, Maryland.
She found herself constrained by the objectivity required of news reporting, and in 1977 she became cohost of the Baltimore morning show People Are Talking. Also, read about Anna Nicole Smith
Oprah Winfrey Death Was A Rumor
It has been confirmed that the 68-year-old TV personality is still very much among us. According to Happy magazine, she’s well in the middle of filming her biopic. Many people appear to have fallen for the aforementioned text message scam.
Winfrey is still quite present on the web. She actively maintains her Instagram profiles, which go by the handles “owntv,” “oprah,” “oprahdaily,” and “oprahsbookclub.”
The last video she uploaded to Instagram was a tribute to her late father, Vernon Winfrey. This tape was a rare look into the host’s personal life, which she shared with her viewers. A text message reading “RIP Oprah” with a link instructing recipients to click on it began the death rumors around the talk show host. Also, read about Patty Duke
This is her latest tweet:
Book lovers unite! I’m excited to join our forever First Lady @MichelleObama on her #TheLightWeCarry Tour in Los Angeles on December 13 to discuss her new book. Head to https://t.co/vNBXLE8V0q for tickets and hope to see you there 📖 pic.twitter.com/3nOJr7rigS
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) October 5, 2022
Winfrey participated in a wide variety of benevolent endeavors, including the establishment of Oprah’s Angel Network, which provides funding for humanitarian projects all around the world. She started funding a school for underprivileged girls in South Africa that cost $40 million in 2007 and finally opened its doors in 2011.
She became a vocal advocate for the protection of children from abuse, earning her several accolades from civic, philanthropic, and entertainment institutions. She was given the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2011, after having been honored by the Kennedy Center in 2010.
Many recipients of the message were left with the impression that the TV personality had been seriously injured. In fact, several people went on social media to talk about it. Though, rest assured, Oprah is still very much with us. We advise you to ignore the message because it is probably a hoax.