Imelda Marcos dead
Philippines’ former First Lady “Imelda Marcos dead” news has been circling on the internet for months now. Marcos allegedly died of heart attack. Did she really die?
The reports about “Imelda Marcos dead” first appeared on social media earlier this year, and it reappeared recently. A report claimed that 87-year-old Marcos had died of cardiac arrest. It, however, has proven to be a hoax and debunked by Marcos herself.
How Imelda Marcos Dead Hoax Started?
A report published by AsiaNews-tv.com confirmed the death of the former First Lady of the Philippines. However, the report has no date and only attributed to “The Editor.” It claimed that Marcos passed out at her residence and was rushed to the hospital.
The publication also cited a certain doctor saying the current House Representative died while doctors were attending to her. The cause of death stated is unclear. The report, however, suggested that it could be cardiac arrest.
The fake news spread like wildfire on social media after actress/politician Lani Mercado took to Twitter and sent her condolences to the Marcos family. A post by Mercado on May 8 stated, “Our condolences to the Marcos Family. It was a pleasure and a privilege to work with Cong. Imelda Romualdez Marcos.”
That same day, Marcos was spotted at the Philippines’ House of Representatives Plenary Hall. She denied the erroneous “Imelda Marcos dead” report. “Buhay pa, pero matanda nga lang (Still alive, just old),” Marcos told reporters.
Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, the daughter of Imelda, also released a statement stressing that her mother is still alive. Mercado had deleted her tweet and apologized to the Marcoses and to the public for creating confusion in her post. However, a staff of Mercado later denied that the ex-congresswoman posted such tweet and claimed that the politician’s account was hacked, Sunstar reported.
Who is Imelda Marcos?
She is the widow of the Philippines’ former president, Ferdinand Marcos. Imelda was born in Manila but moved to Tacloban, which is in the southern part of the country, prior to World War II after the death of her mother. She returned to the country’s capital, Manila, in 1950 to pursue her singing career. She won the Miss Manila title in 1953. A year later, Marcos tied the knot with Ferdinand Marcos. In 1972, President Marcos declared Martial law.
She served as First Lady from 1965 to 1986. Marcos is infamous for her extravagance. She is also well-known for her lavish collection of clothing, artwork, jewelry, and shoes. As the country’s first lady, she built developments in and around Manila. She also spent much of her time abroad on state visits. Imelda Marcos is also known as a close friend to former President Ronald Reagan and former First Lady Nancy Reagan.