Exactly who started the rumor about Rev. Billy Graham's death remains unknown, but the rumor circulated rapidly via Facebook. The false death announcement reported that Graham died on Nov. 22, 2014, fooling fans who, in return, kept the rumor going by sharing it on their Facebook profiles.
The rumor of Graham's death gained momentum with the creation of the anonymous "R.I.P. Billy Graham" Facebook page, which quickly gained close to 1 million likes from fans. It is not known whether the same person is responsible for the origin of the rumor as well as the Facebook page.
Representatives of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association hastened to quash the death rumor, which appeared on Facebook just days after Graham's 96th birthday. Refuting the rumor, a representative remarked that Graham was visiting with relatives and continued to feel as well as any 96-year-old person.