A video edited in a deceptive way that circulates online claims that the widow of basketball legend Kobe Bryant committed suicide.
This is false, there has been no such announcement, and the images show a Fox News presenter talking about the death of a colleague.
“NEWS: VANESSA BRYANT registered his SUICIDE after the depression attack this morning,” says the headline that accompany the video, which features a BBC News logo.
But there is no report of his death on the BBC News website.
The claim comes weeks after Kobe Bryant and the couple’s 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, died in a helicopter crash in California.
The video in the video is actually from Fox News, and shows host Neil Cavuto announcing the death of journalist Brenda Buttner in 2017.
“I have very sad news to share with you today,” says Cavuto, who has been edited in the deceptive video to cut after that statement, warning users of graphic content and urging them to share the post to see the rest of the clip.
Clicking on some versions of Vanessa Bryant’s suicide claim, another video opens that follows the same pattern, but says her daughter Natalia committed suicide, a claim that is also false.
“NEWS: THE ELDERLY DAUGHTER OF KOBE BRYANT ‘NATALIA BRYANT’ left a ‘suicide VIDEO’ of herself ‘SUICIDE COMMITMENT’ after BEING UNFORGETTABLE …” reads the headline that accompanies that video, which, as the claim on His mother presents a BBC News logo.
However, there are no reports of Natalia Bryant’s death on the BBC news. website or elsewhere
The video shows another presenter who says: “Well, tonight the commotion is still hard for fans.” Then, tell viewers that they should share the post to see the rest.
The footage in the video is actually from Fox 32 Chicago, an affiliate of the network, and shows host Dawn Hasbrouck in a clip of years.
“The graphics in that clip are at least five years old and we haven’t used them in a long time,” Will Hager, digital content creator at FOX 32 Chicago, told AFP over the phone. “And it’s really an outdated video. Dawn looks different now. Everything is different.”
Neither Bryant nor a representative could be immediately contacted to comment on any of the false claims.
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