Jimmy Donaldson, better known as the YouTuber MrBeast, is very much still alive.
Donaldson was forced to respond to a tweet on Thursday claiming he had died, confirming that he’s very much alive. The false claim has garnered over 160,000 likes and inspired an onslaught of concerned posts from fans.
“I can’t believe Mr Beast died…gone too soon, man.. you’ll never be forgotten you legend,” the Twitter user @ExtremeBlitz__ wrote in the tweet on Wednesday with a heart emoji.
I cant believe mrbeast died… gone too soon man.. you'll never be forgotten you legend ❤️ pic.twitter.com/3Fr4h3PQAy
— duck (@ExtremeBlitz__) March 15, 2023
MrBeast has over 233,000 followers on Twitter and often publishes memes and troll tweets, but many of his fans didn’t appear to know it was a joke. The story had not been reported elsewhere, and the user did not provide a source.
With alarm, several additional users began sharing erroneous information. “Did Mrbeast really die?” “Damn RIP a legend,” one Twitter user wrote. “I can’t believe MrBeast died,” said another. “Man, you’ll never be forgotten.” You were gone far too soon, you legend.”
Donaldson, however, was not dead. He was forced to respond after the tweet went viral. “How come this has 100,000 likes?” “Lol,” Donaldson replied the next day. (By that point, Twitter had included a disclaimer to the tweet that read, “No commonly trusted sources inform that Jimmy Donaldson, also known as MrBeast, has passed away.”
Insider has reached out to Donaldson and his team for comment.
Soon after, @ExtremeBlitz__ replied to Donaldson’s comment and jokingly offered to delete the tweet if the influencer, known for giving away large amounts of money, gave the Twitter user $10,000.
“Bro came back to life just to reply to my tweet,” @ExtremeBlitz__ wrote.
Donaldson is the most popular YouTuber in the world, with over 145 million subscribers, and constantly making headlines. Earlier this year, he drew attention and criticism after he paid for 1,000 people to get eye surgery and later, for 20,000 South African school kids to get shoes. Detractors have accused him and his content of “charity porn” or profiting off his charitable acts, although he has repeatedly pushed back on this notion.
Jessa Martin is the author of Nogmagazine, A professional in writing by day, and novelist by night, she received her bachelor of arts in film from Howard University and her master of arts in media studies from the New School. A Brooklyn native, she is a lover of naps, cookie dough, and beaches, currently residing in the borough she loves, most likely multitasking.