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AP FACT CHECK: TV personality Sherri Shepherd isn't dead

Associated Press logo Associated Press 1/17/2017 By The Associated Press
FILE - In this May 14, 2014, file photo, Sherri Shepherd attends "A Celebration of Barbara Walters" in New York. Shepherd is alive despite a story shared on social media claiming the television personality died last month following a heart attack. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this May 14, 2014, file photo, Sherri Shepherd attends "A Celebration of Barbara Walters" in New York. Shepherd is alive despite a story shared on social media claiming the television personality died last month following a heart attack. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

Sherri Shepherd is alive despite a story shared on social media claiming the television personality suffered a fatal heart attack last month.

The story posted by headlinennews.com uses the circumstances surrounding "Star Wars" actress Carrie Fisher's death in falsely reporting Shepherd's passing. It claims Shepherd suffered a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles on Dec. 23 and died later at a hospital.

But it was Fisher who suffered a heart attack on a London-to-L.A. flight on Dec. 23. She died Dec. 27.

Shepherd has posted several live videos on social media since Dec. 23 in which she discussed current events, including one taken at comedian Ricky Harris' Jan. 5 funeral.

The story also falsely states that Shepherd starred in the movies "The Help" and "Fruitvale Station" and includes photographs of Octavia Spencer, the actress who actually did star in those films.

Shepherd is best known for her work as a co-host on "The View" and her role in the 2009 film "Precious."

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