NOT REAL NEWS: Report claims NASCAR driver Kyle Busch dead

NASCAR driver Kyle Busch is alive and well, despite a report online claiming he killed himself.

The story from Sports Analog, which bills itself as offering ”sports updates worldwide,” isn’t true, Busch spokesman Bill Janitz told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The false story claimed that Busch shot himself at his North Carolina home at 11:46 a.m. Monday. The story said the news ”shocked the whole nascar (sic) community.”

The story then appeared to copy the first part of Busch’s bio from his Wikipedia page.

Busch is leading NASCAR’s Monster Energy Cup series points standings.

This is part of The Associated Press’ ongoing effort to fact-check misinformation that is shared widely online, including work with Facebook to identify and reduce the circulation of false stories on the platform.

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