No, Cormac McCarthy Didn't Die of a Stroke

By Matt Novak on at

Cormac McCarthy, author of such utopian sci-fi novels as The Road, didn’t die today at 82 from a stroke. But that didn’t stop the death hoax rumoirs from getting tweeted out by respected news outlets like USA Today.

No, Cormac McCarthy Didn't Die of a Stroke

The rumours started with a tweet by Italian journalist Tommasso Debenedetti, a man who Business Insider has described as “shadowy”, given his efforts to affect global markets with his tweets. From there the rumour took on a life of its own.

No, Cormac McCarthy Didn't Die of a Stroke

David Mack, an editor at BuzzFeed reports that McCarthy’s agent and publisher both say that the author is alive and well.

No, Cormac McCarthy Didn't Die of a Stroke

Just 15 minutes after USA Today’s original tweet, the publication said that it was “looking into the report to verify its authenticity".

No, Cormac McCarthy Didn't Die of a Stroke

It then issued a correction on Twitter:

Remember kids, never tweet.