Fri 10 March 2023 10:28, UK

Rumors are flooding the internet that American politician Mitch McConnell is dead, but the posts are completely false.

The fake news spread on Twitter on Thursday (March 9) after the Kentucky senator was hospitalized for a concussion.

He is one of many celebrities who has fallen victim to death hoaxes in 2023, including Steve Harvey and rapper Trippie Redd.

Sadly, the cruel tricks are all too common on social media and this one fooled hundreds into thinking the politician had passed.

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Mitch McConnell is not dead

Mitch McConnell is alive and well despite a series of posts on Twitter claiming otherwise.

One person wrote:

Another said:

A third person added:

The rumors are completely unfounded, with no evidence at all and the whole thing is a nasty death hoax.

Politician is in hospital

The Republican is currently in hospital for a concussion after falling over at a dinner on Wednesday (March 8).

“Leader McConnell tripped at a dinner event Wednesday evening, has been admitted to the hospital and is being treated for a concussion,” his communications director David Popp said.

The spokesperson added that the politician is “expected to remain in the hospital for a few days of observation and treatment” after tripping over at a Washington DC hotel. 

“The Leader is grateful to the medical professionals for their care and to his colleagues for their warm wishes,” he continued.

“Jill and I are wishing Senator McConnell a speedy recovery. We look forward to seeing him back on the Senate floor,” President Joe Biden wrote on Twitter.

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He tripped at a Washington DC event

The 81-year-old politician fell after an event for the Senate Leadership Fund at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in Washington DC.

The independent Super PAC aims to build a Republican Senate majority that will defend America from Chuck Schumer and Senate Democrats’ destructive far-left agenda.

Vito Maggiolo, a spokesman for the Washington Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department, said a call was dispatched after a report of a fall at the hotel.

He is awake and expected to make a full recovery and any social media reports that claim otherwise are completely false.

This comes as Tennessee politician Randy McNally is under fire for commenting on a gay man’s racy Instagram pictures but insists he did nothing “inappropriate”.