Hyderabad: Social media is abuzz with the claim that former Indian cricketer and the country's first World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev has passed away. This claim became viral after Dev underwent an emergency coronary angioplasty on 23 October.


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FACT CHECK:

The claim that Kapil Dev has passed away is FALSE.

Dev underwent an emergency angioplasty after suffering chest pain and was discharged from the Delhi hospital a few days ago. After this, many people tweeted about his good health. Former Indian cricketer and Dev's teammate Chetan Sharma also tweeted that he had been discharged from the hospital on 25 October.


Apart from this, Dev himself posted a video which was then shared by others on Twitter. He thanked his "family of 83" and said that he was feeling good and hoped to meet everyone soon.(archive)

On 2 November, the former cricketer appeared on ABP News where he discussed Mahendra Singh Dhoni's form in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) and gave some advice to the current Indian captain Virat Kohli.


This was also reported by Hindustan Times on 3 November. An excerpt from the report reads, "If Dhoni decides on playing only IPL every year, then it's impossible for him to perform. It's not a good thing to talk about age but at his age (39 years), the more he plays, the more his body will be tuned," Kapil told 'ABP News'."

Evidently, Kapil Dev is healthy and alive, thus proving the claim is FALSE.


Claim Review :   social media claim former Indian cricketer Kapil Dev is dead
Claimed By :  Twitter Users
Fact Check :  False

Misha Rajani

Misha Rajani is currently a Freelance Fact Checker at Newsmeter. She is pursuing her post graduation in M. A. Mass Communication and Journalism from St Francis College for Women. She has written a thesis on " Role of social media in highlighting injustice ". Misha has a zeal for learning and writing news articles and apart from this, she is interested in video editing and graphic designing.

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