George H.W. Bush pronounced dead by fake FOX news site

President George H. W. Bush started 2017 with a stint in the hospital, after he was diagnosed with a case of pneumonia.

Although he was treated and then released from the hospital on Jan. 30, fake news sites recently pronounced the 41st president dead.

The idea for the deceptive post, who the Fox-Channel.com site sources as coming from America's Public broadcaster, likely came after Bush and his wife oversaw the coin toss at the start of Super Bowl 51.

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So happy to see President George H.W. Bush & Mrs. Bush looking so healthy & strong #SuperBowl
It's a great honor to visit with Former President @GeorgeHWBush & Barbara Bush. Their service to our nation 🇺🇸 is a… https://t.co/oVJOC5nhXk
President George H.W. Bush such a honorable and decent man. Wonderful moment at #SuperBowl
Strong coin toss to kick off the big game, Dad! @GeorgeHWBush https://t.co/GVsp8zgM3f
Wonderful to see @GeorgeHWBush and Barbara at the #SuperBowl healthy and well. Grateful for their service to our co… https://t.co/aPVK1AOLH2
Hard to put into words seeing @GeorgeHWBush & Barbara Bush at the #SuperBowl right now 🐘🇺🇸 https://t.co/m5XKgJV6B2
Great to see President & Mrs. George HW Bush able to be at #SuperBowl 51!
Nobody has ever loved George Bush more. #Superbowl
Great to see President Bush & Vice-President Pence at the Super Bowl. #SuperBowl #SB51 #txlege @MikePenceVP https://t.co/f7AqQP1BRg
Best part of the #SuperBowl is seeing that George and Barbara Bush are out of the hospital. #41
You both looked fabulous out there @GeorgeHWBush!!! 👏🏼👏🏼 #SuperBowl https://t.co/LIsR5hHcaF
President @GeorgeHWBush and Barbara brought a few tears on our bus!! We so love them... 🇺🇸#cointoss #Superbowl
Thunderous welcome for @GeorgeHWBush and Barbara Bush at #SuperBowl. @NBCDFW https://t.co/VqOM4h7RIj
In what will be without a doubt the greatest moment of the game @GeorgeHWBush coin toss. A great & loyal man. #SuperBowl
Watching George Bush do the coin toss brings tears to my eyes. Such a wonderful man. #SuperBowl
My absolute favorites @GeorgeHWBush and #BarbaraBush! #SuperBowl you now have me in tears! They make me #ProudToBeAnAmerican!
Love this! The crowd goes wild for @GeorgeHWBush and Barbara Bush and the coin toss! #SuperBowl on @FOX2News https://t.co/spmBUBBUWc
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This report can be labeled as "fake news" for multiple reasons. First, it has not been reported by any reputable news sources -- such as the Associated Press, Thompson Reuters, the New York Times or FOX News. Then, the report says people had tweeted their condolences to the former president's family -- including President Trump. President Trump's Twitter account shows no evidence of any such post.

In addition, neither George H. W. Bush's own Twitter account nor that of granddaughter and NBC News Correspondent Jenna Bush Hager displays any reaction to such news.

Nonetheless, social media users were sucked in by the false write up.

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Washington, DC. 1-20-1989 After being sworn in as the 41th President of the United States of America by Chief Justice of the United States William Hubbs Rehnquist, President Bush delivers his Inaugural adress to the Nation. 

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Pres-elect Bush getting his tonsils checked by grandchild Ellie LeBlond, w. Barbara (L) & Marilyn Quayle (R), at inaugural fete at Lincoln Mem- orial.

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Washington, DC. 1-20-1989 After being sworn in as the 41th President of the United States of America by Chief Justice of the United States William Hubbs Rehnquist, President Bush delivers his Inaugural adress to the Nation. Credit: Mark Reinstein (Photo by Mark Reinstein/Corbis via Getty Images)

Pres. George H. W. Bush and Barbara Bush waving, marching in inaugural parade, w. secret servicemen in tow.

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Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan greets newly-inaugurated President George H.W. Bush as first lady Barbara Bush and Marilyn Quayle (far left) applaud during Bush's swearing-in ceremony, January 20, 1989, in Washington, DC.

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President George H. W. Bush and Barbara Bush standing by torch during his inaugural opening ceremony at Lincoln Memorial.

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Barbara Bush (2nd L) sits in front of her son George W. Bush (R) and grand daughters Jenna (3rd R) and Barbara at the Presidential Inauguration of George H.W. Bush.

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Pres. & Barbara Bush (R) & VP & Marilyn Quayle standing, waving, during inaugural opening ceremony at Lincoln Memorial.

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Pres. & Barbara Bush (C) in stands, w. granddaughter Ellie LeBlond on Pres.'s lap & Marilyn Quayle (R), at Lincoln Memorial inaugural opening ceremony.

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Pres-elect George H. W. Bush (C) showing off his new inaugural limo license plate with his inaugural co-chairpersons Robert Holt (R) and Renne Percy Korth.

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Pres. George Bush & Barbara Bush (R) & VP Dan & Marilyn Quayle during inaugural opening ceremony at Lincoln Memorial.

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Pres. Bush being sworn-in by Chief Justice Rehnquist (R) w. Barbara Bush looking on, during inaugural.

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Secret service guarded presidential limo during Pres. Bush's inaugural parade.

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Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan greets newly-inaugurated President George H.W. Bush as first lady Barbara Bush and Marilyn Quayle (far left) applaud during Bush's swearing-in ceremony, January 20, 1989, in Washington, DC. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/MCT via Getty Images)

Pres. & signature pearls sporting Barbara Bush having high old time at TX-style black tie & boots inaugural ball.

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Pres. & signature pearls sporting Barbara Bush having high old time at TX-style black tie & boots inaugural ball, w. their son George (L-rear).

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Duck Dunn and Steve Cropper part of the Stax band play during the concert at the DC. convention center as part of President George H.W. Bush's inaugural festivies. This is the event where President Bush and Lee Atwater both took up guitars and played on stage with the band.

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 President Ronald Reagan takes one last fond look back at the Oval Office at the White House January 20, 1989 as he leaves for the Capitol for the inauguration of President George H.W. Bush.

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Pres. & Barbara Bush turning to wave at their guests during inaugural ball.

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Beaming Pres. Bush (C) manning mike, w. admiring performers in bkgrd., at his black tie & boots TX-style inaugural ball.

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Pres. Bush reaching over, gesturing to unseen, w. wife Barbara (L) & secret servicemen, during his inaugural parade.

(Photo by Dirck Halstead/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)

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