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48 minutes ago, Gooseberry Crumble said:

The latter in my opinion.  Good find @Ulitzer95

I second that.  There's a good chance he's at death's door.

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Well, it depends how it was written.

 

1)It could be one of those prewritten obits which get published by mistake. In that case the indication about place, hour and eventually cause of death would be very sketchy or absent.

2)A Bob Barker over 90 died last week. It would be very nobbish for TMZ to fall for such a thing but...

3)Someone, usually reliable, may have informed TMZ about Bob Barker's death, likely basing himself on that obit or other voices. Or maybe not.

4)Bob Barker is in hospital and very near to death (not uncommon for a 98-year old in frail health) and TMZ only jumped the gun, or is searching for robust evidence.

 

We will see.

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As a fourth-estater myself, if it was a pre-written obituary it would have a line in it reading something like "Legendary quiz show host Bob Barker has died TKTKTK aged TKTKTK". "TKTKTK" being the usual code for "needs replacing when confirmed". Which leads me to believe it was a freshly written news story published incorrectly, presumably because Bob's on his last legs.

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Does anyone have a screenshot of the article?

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Am inclined to think that the link was just a troll link that was never actually on TMZ, rather than an actual TMZ mispost.

 

The URL was https://www.tmz.com/bob_barker_gameshow/host.dead97.html 

 

and TMZ links are never structured like this. They typically use dashes for their spaces, rather than underscores or periods. They also wouldn't use a slash inbetween "gameshow" and "host" as that would indicate a subpage of a "bob_barker_gameshow" folder rather than a space. They also tend not to have "html" at the end. An actual Barker TMZ death URL would look more like https://www.tmz.com/bob-barker-gameshow-host-dead-97/

 

Additionally, Barker's such a big name in the US that if TMZ really did post this, even if only for a few minutes, you'd surely see some sort of Twitter chatter about it. But a Twitter search for "Bob Barker TMZ" brings up nothing since February 4.

 

Mind Barker dying in the near future would not surprise at all given his age and general quietness, but I don't think this alleged TMZ report carries any meaning.

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14 minutes ago, Death Impends said:

Am inclined to think that the link was just a troll link that was never actually on TMZ, rather than an actual TMZ mispost.

 

The URL was https://www.tmz.com/bob_barker_gameshow/host.dead97.html 

 

and TMZ links are never structured like this. They typically use dashes for their spaces, rather than underscores or periods. They also wouldn't use a slash inbetween "gameshow" and "host" as that would indicate a subpage of a "bob_barker_gameshow" folder rather than a space. They also tend not to have "html" at the end. An actual Barker TMZ death URL would look more like https://www.tmz.com/bob-barker-gameshow-host-dead-97/

 

Additionally, Barker's such a big name in the US that if TMZ really did post this, even if only for a few minutes, you'd surely see some sort of Twitter chatter about it. But a Twitter search for "Bob Barker TMZ" brings up nothing since February 4.

 

Mind Barker dying in the near future would not surprise at all given his age and general quietness, but I don't think this alleged TMZ report carries any meaning.


You're probably right.

It was on the Voy noticeboard, and there were several people discussing it, which made it seem legit. Then by the time I clicked on it, it was a 404 message coming up. 

URL structuring is tricky though. Often links can have multiple urls which take them to the same place, and there can be different structures used for drafts etc.

Anyways, not dead... yet.

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But going onto keep an eye status anyway since i'm guessing it may not be long now.

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1 hour ago, Deathtreat23 said:

But going onto keep an eye status anyway since i'm guessing it may not be long now.

Bob Barker, come on down :old:

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1 minute ago, N. Fritz said:

Probably a false alarm triggered by Robert Barker's death in Peoria. Date of birth similar

 

Probably. Keep an eye on it though, always possible (especially at his age)

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25 minutes ago, N. Fritz said:

Probably a false alarm triggered by Robert Barker's death in Peoria. Date of birth similar

:clivedunn: 6 posts above yours

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