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Death Hoax Targets Former Price is Right Host Bob Barker

by Brett M. Christensen

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Posts circulating via social media are claiming that former Price is Right host Bob Barker has died of a head injury. 

The post link to what appears to be a news report about Mr Barker’s supposed demise. The report claims that Bob died after tripping and hitting his head on the sidewalk while on a walk near his Hollywood home.

However, the claims are untrue.  Bob Barker is not dead.  The false story comes from a hoax-news website called Action News 3. The site publishes a mixture of partially factual and completely false click bait stories designed to entice visitors and encourage shares.

Bob Barker is perhaps best known for hosting CBS’s The Price Is Right from 1972 to 2007, although he has hosted other game shows as well.

Back in June 2017, Bob was taken to a hospital after falling at his home. However, he did not suffer any serious injuries and was able to return home just hours after the incident.  

The fake death post as it appears on Facebook:Bob Barker Death Hoax

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,