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Reports of Shimon Peres’ Death Are Greatly Exaggerated

Retired Israeli president Shimon Peres says he’s still alive and kicking.

False reports flew around on social media Monday that he had died, so he took to Facebook to reassure the public.

“I wish to thank the citizens of Israel for the support, concern and interest, and wish to clarify that the rumors are false. I’m continuing with my daily schedule as usual to do whatever I can to assist The State of Israel and its citizens,” he said in a post.

Peres is 92. He retired as president of Israel in 2014 after a more than half a century in public life.

Rumors about Peres’ supposed death were first found on Whatsapp groups, and snowballed from there.

It is believed that the death of someone else named Shimon Peres may have sparked the rumors.

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