The story posted by headlinennews.com uses the circumstances surrounding “Star Wars” actress Carrie Fisher’s death in falsely reporting Shepherd’s passing. It claims Shepherd suffered a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles on Dec. 23 and died later at a hospital.
But it was Fisher who suffered a heart attack on a London-to-L.A. flight on Dec. 23. She died Dec. 27.
The story also falsely states that Shepherd starred in the movies “The Help” and “Fruitvale Station” and includes photographs of Octavia Spencer, the actress who actually did star in those films.
Shepherd is best known for her work as a co-host on “The View” and her role in the 2009 film “Precious.”
This story is part of an ongoing Associated Press effort to fact-check claims in suspected false news stories.
AP FACT CHECK: TV personality Sherri Shepherd isn’t dead was originally published on newpittsburghcourieronline.com