Hyderabad: The spread of fake news about the death of celebrities has been rampant on social media in recent days. Now, the news about the death of West Indies cricketer Kieron Pollard is doing the rounds of social media. Several videos have surfaced claiming that the cricketer was killed in a car accident.

Some websites have also published the news.

The website, newshut37.com, published a video as an obituary for the cricketer and wrote, "We mourn with the family of Kieron Pollard, we understand how disheartening they could be right now, so we are sending our thoughts and prayers to the affected ones. Kieron Pollard has left friends, family and loved ones heart-broken as the news surrounding the death of Kieron Pollard was announced. Information about the death of the deceased was released across social media on January 27, 2021."


Archive links:

https://web.archive.org/save/https://www.newshut37.com/2021/01/kieron-pollard-passed-away-in-car.html

https://web.archive.org/save/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gVR9yoI95s

Fact Check:

The claim that West Indies cricketer Kieron Pollard was killed in a car accident is FALSE.

According to several mainstream media reports, during the time of his supposed 'death', Pollard was taking part in the Abu Dhabi T10 League in the Shiekh Zayed stadium. Pollard is leading the Deccan Gladiators franchise this season.

https://www.news18.com/cricketnext/news/kieron-pollard-latest-to-fall-victim-to-death-rumours-thanks-to-viral-fake-news-video-3363737.html

According to a report on India.com, the news of the cricketer's death spread like wildfire on YouTube after a fake video emerged on the video platform. The YouTube videos claimed that Pollard met with a car accident and died. The hoax sent social media users into a frenzy and many fell for it and soon the news went viral.

Here are other reports stating that the 33-year-old cricketer is safe and sound.

https://www.republicworld.com/sports-news/cricket-news/fact-check-is-kieron-pollard-dead-after-youtube-car-accident-video-goes-viral.html

https://www.dnaindia.com/cricket/report-kieron-pollard-dead-this-is-the-truth-2871722

Therefore, West Indies cricketer Kieron Pollard is not dead and the claim is FALSE.


Claim Review :   West Indies cricketer Kieron Pollard is dead
Claimed By :  Social Media Users
Fact Check :  False

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