Several images of Nobel laureate and renowned economist Amartya Sen went viral on the internet with a claim that he passed away at the age of 89.
Most of these organisations reported the death of Sen on the basis of a tweet shared from an X (formerly Twitter) account in the name of Nobel prize winner 'Claudia Goldin'.
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An archive of the report can be found here.
(Source: Times of India/Screenshot)
What is the truth?: Sen's daughter and actor Nandana Sen posted a clarification on her official X account stating that the news about her father's death is "fake".
Moreover, the account running in the name of 'Claudia Goldin' is a hoax account created by Italian “journalist“ Tommasso Debenedetti.
How did we find out?:
The account that first posted about Sen's death had earlier posted about the Nobel prize win while making a typo.
The post read, “Very hapoy to announce that I won the Nobel Prize in Economics for 2023. Thanks!!! (sic)”
While going through the comments, we found people mentioning that Goldin’s original account was called @PikaGoldin, which has been active since 2013 and links back to her Harvard profile.
The other account, on the other hand, was created in May 2023.
We checked the X account that shared the news and found a subsequent post that said that "this account is hoax created by Italian journalist Tommaso Debenedetti. (sic)"
For the unversed, the said journalist is a serial fake news peddler who creates imposter accounts of famous people or organisations and then posts the news about a person's death.
In the past, Debenedetti has posted posts about the death of Kazuo Ishiguro, the pope, and Fidel Castro.
In a report published in 2012, The Guardian called Debenedetti "one of the world's most creative and successful fake tweeters."
The Washington Post, too, published a report in 2017 on how people and news organisations picked up hoaxes shared by Debenedetti as real.
Sen's daughter clarifies: Actor Nandana Sen shared a post on her official X account mentioning that her father is "totally fine." She said that both of them spent a week together with family in Cambridge.
Conclusion: It is clear that the news about Amartya Sen's death is fake and is based on a hoax post shared by a serial fake news peddler.