A few days ago, an image of former US president Donald Trump lying on a mat circulated on social media. The image was shared with the claim that former President Donald Trump died of a heart attack. However, this news is fake; he is alive and doing well. The fake and misleading news was shared by many users, such as @PatMaguire1 who shared a fabricated screenshot of Trump’s death.
The Truth Behind the Image
The image in question is actually an old image from 2007. It was taken when Donald Trump was injured after receiving a hit from wrestler “Stone Cold” Steve Austin during a pro wrestling match in Detroit in April 2007.
The event was called “The Battle of the Billionaires” and was part of WrestleMania 23. It featured two wrestlers fighting on behalf of Vince McMahon, the founder of World Wrestling Entertainment, and Donald Trump, then known primarily as the host of “The Apprentice.” The wager placed on the outcome of the match was that the winner would shave the loser’s head bald right there in the middle of the ring. Stone Cold Steve Austin, a former wrestling champion, served as the referee for the match.
At the last possible moment, McMahon wanted to add another wrinkle to the match. He approached Austin and said, “Hey, Steve, I’m gonna see if I can get Donald to take the Stone Cold stunner.” Austin’s signature move, a headlock takedown fueled by Stone Cold’s habit of chugging cheap American beer in the ring, was already part of the plan for the match. But Trump wasn’t the intended target.
Austin and McMahon approached Trump and pitched the idea. Trump’s handler was appalled and tried to talk Donald out of it. However, Trump agreed to take the Stone Cold stunner without any rehearsal. After the match, Stone Cold Steve Austin kicked Trump in the stomach and headlock slammed him onto the ground. This is how the image of Donald Trump lying on a mat came into existence.
It appears that social media influencers are circulating old images of former president Donald Trump with false captions to gain social media spotlights and create panic among his followers and supporters. Following comprehensive analysis and meticulous fact-checking, our team has investigated the claim. You can refer to the findings of this inquiry in the Twitter thread embedded below. Moreover, you can refer to an article by globalnews.ca [archive].
Claim: Former President Donald Trump died of a heart attack.
Fact: The news is fake; he is alive and doing well.
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