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Fact Check: Viral Video Falsely Claims Boxing Legend Mike Tyson Has Passed Away

Sanjeeb Phuyal is the Nepali Editor of Newschecker based in Kathmandu, Nepal. He brings over a decade of experience writing and editing news. In his previous stint, he worked as online editor for The Kathmandu Post. With the growth of social media platforms—and the ever-growing competition amongst media outlets to churn out breaking news, he feels that fact-checking every piece of information has become more essential today than ever before.

Claim
Heavyweight boxing legend Mike Tyson has passed away.
Fact
Mike Tyson is still alive and has been regularly updating his social media platforms.

A video claiming that Boxing legend Mike Tyson has passed away is going viral on TikTok. Newscheker found the claim to be misleading.

TikTok user named @tasting_dirt_roads posted a video showing a collage in which people are seen carrying a coffin and crying. The video also carries an image of Myke Tyson. “Text superimposed on the video reads, 25 minutes ago. Goodbye legendary Myke Tyson. Myke Tyson he now has been confirmed as…see more. RIP Legend.”

The video posted on September 28 has garnered 21.9.1k likes, 11585 users have commented on it and 899 people shared the post until the time of publishing this article.

The archived version of the TikTok video can be seen here.

Fact Check /Verification

To check the authenticity of the claim made in the viral video, Newschecker looked up verified social media pages of the renowned heavyweight boxing champion and found his Instagram page. On checking his Instagram page, we found that he has been regularly updating the platform with his photos and videos.

We also found the verified handle of Tyson’s Twitter, now called X, and his regular posts on the platform. He has been posting similar images and videos on both the platforms.

Newschecker also found an article about Mike Tyson published on the Co-operation of World Wide Broadcast (CooPWB) which confirmed that the heavyweight boxing legend is alive as of September 28.

Further, we split the video into several keyframes and conducted reverse searches on them. One of the searches led us to an article, dated March 25 2026, carrying an image used in the viral video. The image shows a devastated mother who lost her two children, partner, sister, and mother in a tragedy in Ireland carrying a coffin.

Thus, our findings clearly show that the image used in the video was made up by using an unrelated image.

Conclusion

The viral video claiming that Mike Tyson has passed away is misleading, as the heavyweight boxing legend is still alive as of today.

Result: False

Sources
Mike Tyson /Instagram
Mike Tyson /X or Twitter
Irish Independent, March 25, 2016


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Sanjeeb Phuyal is the Nepali Editor of Newschecker based in Kathmandu, Nepal. He brings over a decade of experience writing and editing news. In his previous stint, he worked as online editor for The Kathmandu Post. With the growth of social media platforms—and the ever-growing competition amongst media outlets to churn out breaking news, he feels that fact-checking every piece of information has become more essential today than ever before.

Sanjeeb Phuyal
Sanjeeb Phuyal
Sanjeeb Phuyal is the Nepali Editor of Newschecker based in Kathmandu, Nepal. He brings over a decade of experience writing and editing news. In his previous stint, he worked as online editor for The Kathmandu Post. With the growth of social media platforms—and the ever-growing competition amongst media outlets to churn out breaking news, he feels that fact-checking every piece of information has become more essential today than ever before.

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