What happened to Barbara Eden? Death Rumors Debunked

August 17, I dream of Jeannie Star Barbara Eden has been the victim of a death prank after reports of her disappearance apparently surfaced online. The 90-year-old actress was believed to have falsely died early Wednesday.

The obvious hoax of Eden’s disappearance appears to come from a YouTube channel named Allan Radio, which has around 20,000 subscribers. On Wednesday, the channel released a video titled:

“7 minutes ago / RIP Barbara Eden / Goodbye Barbara Eden.”

The aforementioned video has generated over 97,000 views, with over 700+ likes from viewers. The channel apparently targeted Barbara Eden because her 91st birthday is August 23.

The 90-year-old from Tucson, Arizona is certainly in good health as she posted a photo of herself with Priscilla Presley at Elvis’ Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tennessee on August 16.

Additionally, the YouTube channel that spawned this rumor engages in fake announcements regarding celebrity deaths to generate views.

Hot on the heels of the channel’s fake announcement of Barbara Eden’s alleged disappearance, they produced bogus content claiming actress Whoopi Goldberg had passed away. Other recent celebrities who fell victim to the network’s absurd claims were Warm fuzz starring Simon Pegg and star trek star, William Shatner.

Prior to their claims of Eden’s death, the channel also uploaded a fake video which apparently announced that famed Jamaican singer-songwriter Bob Marley had passed away. Marley had actually died in May 1981.

I learn that Barbara Eden (I dream of Genie) is deceased. Sad news

These channels are apparently run by bots as these videos, which falsely claim celebrity deaths, are rampant on YouTube. Last month, actor-director Clint Eastwood was among the few victims of these videos.

Many netizens first believed that the famous Hollywood personality was dead after a video claiming his disappearance was uploaded by Recuerda Gente Famosa. The video was titled “10 minutes ago / Sad News / RIP Clint Eastwood / Goodbye Clint Eastwood”.

This aforementioned title follows the same pattern as the fake videos from Allan Radio’s YouTube channel, as mentioned earlier. Thus, it is possible that these false claims are made by the same person or organization with multiple YouTube accounts.

The main purpose of these videos is to generate views and ad revenue with the shock factor of such claims. Like most fake content on YouTube, these videos don’t even mention the cause of death of these celebrities. In most cases, these videos use generic star facts to extend the length to around five minutes to be compatible with monetization.

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They also use text-to-speech to replace generic voiceovers, allowing them to generate multiple pieces of content with falsified claims in a day.

Barbara Eden is very picky about her health

The actress is still very active at 90, as evidenced by her recent trip to Memphis. Last year, days before her 90th birthday, Eden opened up about her health practices to Closer Weekly. She says:

“I’m very careful with (my) diet. I’m a carnivore… I like steak. We eat a lot of pork, chicken, steak [and] vegetables.”

Eden also gave insight into her workout routine. She added:

“I walk a lot.”

The Blazing Star The actress said she also included rotation in her workouts and had a trainer for it, which she had to put on hold amid COVID.

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