News about former Sri Lankan cricketer Sanath Jayasuriya’s death has been doing rounds on social media after a website, CBTV reported on 21 May that he had died in an accident while he on a visit to Canada.
The news report stated that a man who was knocked down by a Honda Civic vehicle and died after sustaining serious injuries has been identified as Jayasuriya.
Several people tweeted about the incident and even cricketer Ashwin Ravichandran questioned if the news was true.
Is the news on Sanath Jayasuriya true?? I got a news update on what's app but see nothing here on Twitter!!— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) May 27, 2019
Man knocked down by vehicle in Toronto identified as former Sri Lankan cricketer Sanath Jayasuriya https://t.co/rxatdhmDYT— Moreen (@ivornoor) May 25, 2019
TRUE OR FALSE?
The claims made by the website are false. Sanath Jayasuriya is not dead and has not visited Canada recently.
WHAT WE FOUND OUT
After the news fueled rumors about his death, Jayasuriya, on 21 May, himself tweeted that the claims were false. Urging people to “disregard fake news by malicious websites,” he ended all speculation.
Please disregard fake news by malicious websites regarding my health and well being.— Sanath Jayasuriya (@Sanath07) May 21, 2019
I am in Srilanka and have not visited Canada recently.Please avoid sharing fake news.
Cricktracker also reported that Jayasuriya has confirmed that the news was false.
“Since last night, there has been fake news of me being hurt in a car accident. The hoax has my family & friends deeply disturbed. Please ignore any such news,” he reportedly stated.
Several people took to Twitter to dispel the false news, as well.
Cricket legend Sanath Jayasuriya has confirmed that reports about his death are vastly exaggerated! Thank god!— Sathyanarayanan (@SathyanKolathur) May 27, 2019
Fake news was circulating that sanath jayasuriya died in a road accident.— Shubham Pawade (@shubhampawade01) May 27, 2019
#SanathJayasuriya is alive. Stop spreading rumors about his death guys.— Tejan Shrivastava #BeatAvatar (@BeingTeJan) May 27, 2019
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