Barbara Bush has not died, despite a report published by a fake news site. The former first lady is said to be in “great spirits,” despite her declining health.
On Monday, April 16, a website disguised to look like CNN published a story claiming that Mrs. Bush had passed away. However, the original post is currently unavailable, and links to the story published by site — “breaking-cnn.com” — will bring you to an error page. You can see the site’s post here. You can read an excerpt from the bogus report below.
“Former first lady Barbara Bush has died ‘peacefully in her sleep,’ a spokesman for the Bush family said she died on Sunday evening. 92-year old Bush died hours after announcing that she will not seek additional medical care. She made headlines in the past 24 hours that she was in failing health and would not seek additional medical care after a series of recent hospitalizations.”
On Monday morning, Bush’s granddaughter, Jenna Bush-Hager, gave an update on her grandmother on Today.
“Barbara and I talked to her last night. She’s in great spirits, and she’s a fighter. She’s an enforcer. She reminded me not to believe everything you read, so we’re grateful for her, for everybody’s prayers and thoughts, and just know the world is better because she’s in it,” Bush-Hager said.
Over the weekend, a spokesperson for the Bush family released a statement on Barbara Bush’s current health.
“Following a recent series of hospitalizations, and after consulting her family and doctors, Mrs. Bush, now age 92, has decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort care. She is surrounded by a family she adores, and appreciates the many kind messages and especially the prayers she is receiving,” Jim McGrath said in a news release Sunday, according to Politico.