Barbara Eden alive and kicking at 90: Death hoax debunked

Amber Peake August 17, 2022
Barbara Eden alive and kicking at 90: Death hoax debunked


I Dream Of Jeannie actress Barbara Eden was at the center of a death hoax this week. The 90-year-old actress, whose on-screen career spans over six decades faced death rumors as fans began mourning her on social media. 

The rumors appear to be nothing more than a death hoax, which comes less than a week before her 91st birthday. 

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Barbara Eden death rumors circulate online 

This week Barbara Eden was seen to fall victim to a death hoax after users online began mourning the 90-year-old actress on social media

Rumors of her passing appear to have sparked following a video on YouTube titled 7 Minutes Ago / R.I.P Barbara Eden / Goobye Barbara Eden, which was published on Tuesday (August 16).

The video was uploaded to the YouTube channel Allan Radio which, has several other videos falsely reporting celebrity deaths, including that of Whoopi Goldberg. 

The video title on Goldberg claimed her “funeral is in 3 days” however, representatives for the star have confirmed to The Sun that she is “still alive and well.”

As well as the recent Allan Radio, there have also been a few articles published by Celebseek and Mixed Article on the recent rumors, as well as a WikiObits page on Eden. However, the page states that Eden is still alive.

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Barbara Eden is still alive despite death hoax rumors

The actress’s death has not been confirmed by any official source – friends, family, or management, meaning, for now, it appears the rumors were just a part of a celebrity death hoax. 

The recent rumors come as the actress made headlines earlier this week for speaking out on her friendship with the late king of rock and roll, Elvis Presley. 

As reported by the Memphis Commercial Appeal, this week, Eden was featured on a Conversations on Elvis panel at Graceland on Monday (August 15) alongside some of the late singer’s nearest and dearest, including his former wife, Priscilla Presley, pal Jerry Schilling, and singer Pat Boone.

Eden starred opposite Presley in the 1960 film Flaming Star, and During the panel, she reflected on her memories of him as she discussed working alongside him as well as what he was like as a person.

If you needed more proof that the I Dream Of Jeannie icon is alive and well, the below Instagram post was submitted only 9 hours ago at the time of writing in which Eden highlights promotional shots taken from the series and turned into a calendar.

Actress is set to celebrate her 91st birthday next week

The recent rumors about the actress come just before Eden celebrates her 91st birthday. The I Dream Of Jeannie star was born on August 23, 1931, and will turn 91 on Tuesday next week. 

In celebration of her 90th birthday last year, the actress opened up to Closer about her secret to feeling great. She explained: “keep active, do things that you love, and have a good sense of humor.”

While chatting to People in October last year, she admitted she has no plans to retire just yet as she added: “sometimes one is forced to slow down, but I’ll do what I do until I can’t.”

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Amber is a freelance writer on The Focus who mainly covers anything celeb, music, and entertainment related. Having graduated with a BA (Hons) in Journalism from Brunel University in 2020, she has spent the last two years reporting the latest celeb news and pop culture trends across leading and national publishers. Starting her career at as a showbiz reporter, Amber began contributing on The Focus in 2021. As well as her work on the site, she has also written across other GRV Media publications, including both Reality Titbit and HITC. When she's not scrolling endlessly on TikTok, you'll find Amber wrapped up in yet another DIY crafting project.