Reality TV star Amy Roloff died in mid-November 2022.
On November 19, 2022, the Facebook page Video Pivot posted a video with the caption, “It’s with a heavy heart at the tearful farewell to ‘midget’ Amy Roloff, goodbye Amy Roloff.” However, Roloff was not dead, nor was there any evidence to suggest that she had just suffered a stroke as the narrator in the video claimed. This was nothing more than a death scam.
Roloff is one of the stars of the TLC reality television series Little People, Big World, often referred to by the acronym “LPBW” by fans.
The Facebook page that posted the death hoax was managed from Indonesia. Its purpose may have been “similar farming,” something the US Better Business Bureau (BBB) has warned against in the past. If the site can build a large following without being removed from the platform, it is possible that it will be sold on the black market in the future. It may also remove its previous posts and start promoting rogue products.
As for the misleading video about Roloff, the thumbnail was manipulated to show her ex-husband Matt holding a picture of her next to men carrying a coffin. As of November 21, the video has been viewed more than 53,000 times.
Note: It’s unclear what the photo originally showed, as a reverse image search of the men carrying the coffin found no matches to the image.
Days earlier, a video was posted to YouTube that also falsely claimed that Roloff had died. The video was captioned, “10 minutes ago / We share very sad news about ‘midget’ Amy Roloff, she has been confirmed as.”
We also found no shortage of these YouTube videos. Other examples of misleading YouTube videos we found from the past few months were titled “Official News/ RIP/ Amy Roloff died in hospital last night after a health battle”, “Sad news Amy Roloff will be dying soon, family getting ready to say goodbye” and “sad news that Amy Roloff will be passing away soon. The family is preparing to say goodbye.”
A good way to check if a celebrity has really died is to check the person’s verified presence on social media. Although Roloff hasn’t posted anything to her Facebook or Instagram pages since November 18th, we reiterate that the misleading YouTube videos we found were all posted before that date. We found no credible reporting that said anything about Roloff having recently suffered a stroke or died.
We previously published another story debunking a death scam for the Roloff couple’s son, Zach. We also reported misleading online ads that claimed the cast of Little People, Big World had suffered a “sudden loss.”
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