STEVE Harvey is one of the biggest names in TV, so rumors of his death are sure to spread.
A bizarre hoax has sent “Steve Harvey dead” viral online, but he is alive and well. Here’s how it unfolded.
Why is ‘Steve Harvey dead’ trending?
In March 2023, a Facebook post titled “R.I.P Steve Harvey” quickly gained over a million likes.
The post read: “At about 11 a.m. ET on Sunday (March 05, 2023), our beloved actor Steve Harvey passed away.
“Steve Harvey was born on January 17, 1957 in Welch. He will be missed but not forgotten.
“Please show your sympathy and condolences by commenting on and liking this page.”
The fake news left fans of the Family Feud host fearing for the worst – even though he is alive and well.
It followed a YouTube video in March 2023 which falsely claimed that “1 hour ago, American TV icon Steve Harvey suddenly died at home at the age of 66.”
Season 24 of Family Feud returned in March 2023.
What have fans said?
Fans have slammed the cruel death hoax trend.
One said: “Steve Harvey is not dead. There is a huge hoax going on and it’s a big fat lie.
“Thanks Jesus for not taking him yet. We need him still here.”
Another added: “Facebook why are you letting people put out that Steve Harvey is dead? You need to stop this at once.”
While a third posted: “I saw a hoax post about Steve Harvey being dead – he is not.
“But in checking it out I found he was born in West Virginia. I did not know that before.”
Who is Steve Harvey?
He has fronted an array of TV shows, including The Steve Harvey Morning Show, The Steve Harvey Talk Show, Family Feud, and Little Big Shots.
He has also appeared in movies, including Racing Stripes, Love Don’t Cost A Thing and You Got Served.
Steve was born in Welch, West Virginia, on January 17, 1957, to coal miner dad Jesse Harvey and mom Eloise Vera.
He was named Broderick Stephen Harvey after actor Broderick Crawford of TV series Highway Patrol.
The star was homeless for three years while starting out as a comedian.
Steve has been married three times and has seven children.
In 2009 published a book of relationship advice for women called Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man.
The book claims that men are “simple”, and that women should aspire to be a “keeper” rather than a “sports fish”.
He was an executive producer for a 2012 film based on the book, Think Like A Man, in which he also made a cameo appearance.
He met President Donald Trump in January 2017, saying: “I found him in our meeting both congenial and sincere.
“I walked away feeling like I had just talked with a man who genuinely wants to make a difference.”