Jimmie Walker debunks death rumor, reassures Good Times fans

Amber Peake September 20, 2022
Jimmie Walker debunks death rumor, reassures Good Times fans
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Good Times actor Jimmie Walker debunked his own death hoax this week after rumors he had died circulated online. 

Walker, who is best-known to sitcom audiences of the Seventies and Eighties, assured fans he was alive and well in a post on his official Facebook on Monday (September 19).

While the actor remains in good times, some fans are curious to know where the rumors originated. Here’s all we know…

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Good Times’ Jimmie Walker debunks death hoax rumor

On Monday, the Good Times alum took to Facebook to debunk false rumors he had died. While sharing a screenshot of his Google knowledge panel, a handwritten ‘false’ was scribbled along with an arrow that pointed to an added death date of Sunday (September 18).

Responding to the incorrect addition to his Google panel, the 75-year-old wrote on Facebook: “I’m fine, alive and well! Disregard any reports on my untimely death.” 

The death date has since been removed.

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Death hoax rumor appeared this month

False rumors of the actor’s demise appear to have circulated online for a few weeks and sparked following a video uploaded by YouTube channel Celeb TV.

On August 30, the channel uploaded a video entitled Jimmie Walker Passed Away A Few Minutes Ago At His Home. Funeral Held In Hollywood For 3 Days

The Celeb TV channel has uploaded similar videos claiming other celebs such as Idris Elba and Oprah Winfrey had died. Both stars remain very much alive.

This week rumors Jimmie Walker had died sparked again following a number of Twitter posts. On Monday, one user tweeted the actor had died on Sunday (September 18) as they remembered his memorable TV roles. The post was followed by other tweets as users reacted.

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Walker’s acting career spans almost five decades

The actor is well known to TV audiences of the Seventies and Eighties for classic shows such as Good Times, At Ease and Bustin Loose. In Good Times he portrayed JJ Evans and Walker bagged two Golden Globe nominations for best-supporting actor.

After an almost 50-year career on screen, the actor is still working. His most recent credit is 2020 festive film A Wrestling Christmas Miracle. As per his IMDb, he also has a few projects still in production. 

In a follow-up Facebook post after addressing his death rumor, Walker revealed he would be appearing at Hazzard Fest in Greeneville, Tennessee, this weekend.

As per the Hazzard Fest website, he will reunite with some of his Good Times cast members including on-screen siblings Bern Nadette Stanis, who played his sister Thelma Evans, and Ralph Carter, who portrayed his brother Michael Evans.

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Amber is an entertainment journalist with a love for anything showbiz, celeb or reality TV. After graduating with a degree in Journalism at Brunel University she became a Showbiz Reporter at Express.co.uk. Having written for both HITC and The Focus, Amber is now a staff writer for The Focus covering the latest celeb and entertainment trends.