The official handle of the Tutu Legacy foundation has shut down claims making rounds that the famous Archbishop, Desmond Tutu, is dead.
The fake news was first shared by a Twitter handle claiming to belong to Bishop Stephen Moreo of Johannesburg, which did not share details of the supposed death, rather said they would release a “statement” shortly.
It wasn’t long before the Tutu Legacy tweeted a statement, shutting the story down. “The Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation can confirm that this is not true, it is fake news,” the statement said, adding, “@TheDesmondTutu as well as Mrs Leah Tutu are still with us. Thank you.”
The Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation can confirm that this is not true, it is fake news. @TheDesmondTutu as well as Mrs Leah Tutu are still with us. Thank you
— TutuLegacy (@TutuLegacy) October 20, 2021
Shortly after, the Bishop Moreo account tweeted: “This account is hoax created by Italian journalist Tommasso Debenedetti.”