The Claim: Several Facebook posts circulating claim that former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has died three days after the burial of his wife, Lady Cathy Ferguson.
The posts include an image of Sir Alex Ferguson with the caption: “Breaking News: Rest in peace: Former Man Utd Sir Alex Ferguson dies three days after the burial of his wife, Lady Cathy Ferguson.”
The Explainer Fact-Checker conducted a thorough investigation into the claim, examining the Facebook posts and their sources, particularly a website called All Sports which is notorious for spreading false information. The website had circulated inaccurate reports about football transfers involving other players like Ivan Toney and Kylian Mbappé.
Findings: The Explainer fact checker found no credible or official reports of Sir Alex Ferguson’s death. If he had indeed passed away, international news headlines would have covered the news, and Manchester United, the club he managed, would have made an official announcement. While the club announced the death of Sir Alex’s wife, Lady Cathy Ferguson aged 84, no reports or official statements regarding Sir Alex Ferguson’s demise have been made.
Additionally, evidence contradicting the claim was discovered by the Explainer Fact Checker. Sir Alex Ferguson has been spotted in public after the false reports began circulating. A widely shared video captured him celebrating at the Bahrain International Trophy on 17 November, where one of his horses emerged victorious.
Conclusion: Based on the lack of credible sources, the history of false information from the website in question, and the evidence of Sir Alex Ferguson’s public appearance, it is evident that the claim of his death is false.