JERUSALEM (JTA) — Amid rumors of his death, Shimon Peres took to social media to reassure the public he was very much alive.
Rumors flew around social media Monday that the 92-year-old Peres had died, starting on Whatsapp groups and snowballing from there.
“I wish to thank the citizens of Israel for the support, concern and interest, and wish to clarify that the rumors are false,” Peres said in a Facebook post. “I’m continuing with my daily schedule as usual to do whatever I can to assist The State of Israel and its citizens.”
Peres retired as president of Israel in 2014 after more than half a century in public life.
It is believed the death of someone else named Shimon Peres may have sparked the rumors.